It's been awhile since my last blog. It's not like I haven't had things to write about or things I wanted to say. I mean, I could have blogged about how the Vikings ripped my heart out and squashed it yesterday, but I didn't feel like it. It's just...well, I think I am feeling a little creatively tired or something. So many days I have thought about blogging and have just felt too darn tired to spend the energy. It's not like I really even have anything big going on to make me extra tired...it might be because I have stayed up really late a lot of nights lately and I am not used to that. Whatever the reason, I am just tired.
However, what brings me back to blogging today is that I need some parental advice. Tryn won't eat dinner. She loves breakfast foods and will always eat a good breakfast, she usually likes lunch foods and will usually eat lunch, but I am starting to hate dinnertime.
I am a parent who refuses to make separate meals for my kids. Unless what I am making is too spicy, it's what my kids will eat too, at least some version of it. Obviously if I make tacos with shells, I give the kids tortillas or make quesadillas because they can't manage shells. If I am making a dish with a lot of flavor I will sometimes take out meat or whatever for them before I put in all the flavors, if I think it will be too much for them. So I often will cater part of what I am making to fit their needs, but I don't make them mac 'n cheese if we are having chicken and rice. Also, I definitely don't believe in giving them a peanut butter and jelly sandwich if they don't want what we are having for dinner, especially since they have that almost everyday for lunch anyway.
The problem is that I have a child that most of the time will just not eat her dinner without some sort of fight. The most frustrating thing is that sometimes she will eat one thing fine one day, and the next time I make it she will treat it like it is filled with poison. She will only eat the most bland or boring things and she will not eat vegetables at all. We have tried bribing, we have tried setting a timer and telling her that she has to eat everything within a certain amount of time (which sometimes works, but not always), we have tried "you only have to take this many more bites", we have tried time outs, we have tried putting her dinner on the counter and only offering her that if she says she is hungry later. It feels like we have tried everything.
The other day she was playing with her water instead of eating and spilled it all over her plate so I took her food and dumped it in the sink and told her she wouldn't get any dinner. After she got over the initial shock, it didn't seem to phase her at all. She didn't even care that she didn't get anything to eat the rest of the night. *Sigh*
This is every single dinnertime. Even sometimes when we make her most favorite things, like mac 'n cheese, she still won't eat them. Today during lunch Berlin was eating and talking to herself and she started to say, in the most stern voice she could manage, "Take a bite!" It was funny coming from her adorable barely passing as stern little voice. But it made me realize how popular that phrase has become around our house. Especially since I made grilled cheese for lunch today instead of pb&j and had the same scene that we do at dinner. Seriously, over grilled cheese. Which she normally loves.
Any tips for us to try?