Tuesday, June 1, 2010

3-year-olds are smarter than you think

We have had an ongoing struggle getting my three-year-old to eat, especially at dinnertime, so I was pleasantly surprised when Sunday night my little guy decided he was "hungry."  He sat down to noodles, kielbasa, and peas, eating some of each. 

No complaints.  No fidgeting. No asking "How many bites?" 

After each bite of kielbasa (meat is his least favorite item), he announced how many pieces he had left on his plate. 

"Only 3 left!" (I had only given him about 5 small pieces because I figured I would struggle to get him to eat 2 or 3.)  He ate ALL of the kielbasa! 

Who is this kid?

I know this kid.  A Master Manipulator.  Earlier in the day, this little guy had an accident in his underwear.  The fourth or fifth of the week.  And NOT the easy wet kind.  Please don't feel sorry for the boy.  He can control his bowels -- this boy is having other kinds of control issues.  After daddy nearly lost it over having to change another mess, momma laid down the law.  No more treats until Big Boy starts using the potty for #2.  Big Boy understood but was not happy.

Flash forward back to dinnertime.  Usually, Big Boy gets a treat (like a sucker, sugar-free pudding, or something else from the "treat cabinet") for a parent-approved amount of dinner. 

Did you all catch what this kid tried to pull on me?  Yeah. Master Manipulator.  "I was hungry.  See!  I ate all my meat!  Can I have a treat now?" 

Momma laid down the law again, but in a very gentle and loving way (cuz that's what mommas do).  Big Boy was very unhappy, and tried to debate me on the "rules."  In the end, we decided to have some snuggle time on the couch, and he opted for bath time before bed.  He finds baths very comforting -- and fun. 

1 comment:

adriel, from the mommyhood memos said...

oh my goodness! you have SUCH a cutie! naughty, but... sooo cute. :) we're not there yet with our little guy, but i can only imagine! :D

since you are an IT geek :) i hope you don't mind me asking you a question. how did you get that "recent comment" feed on your side bar? do you have code for that? it's really cool! i've seen others have them but they always look, um, how do i say... not so good. anyway, if you have time, i'd love a tip!

cheers. :)
adriel

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