We have entered into a new and exciting stage of the toddler years…. Food wars. Its not that Kirra is a picky eater at all…. its just that she is two, and needs to control something, because she has no control in the world otherwise. What we do,where we go, what she wears (except the time [below] that she dressed herself). And i learned you can’t make kids eat. If they don’t want to eat, they’re not going to.
Tonight we made Pizza, and everyone that knows Kirra knows that Pizza is her FAVORITE, but she didn’t want even a bite. I posted a “ready-set-advice” statement on Facebook so that I could gather up some amunition in this war, and my friends came thru for me.
Usually when Kirra doesn’t want to eat she wants to get down right away…. and then she wants to sit on my lap even though I’m still eating…. i tell her no, and then she proceeds to throwing a HUGE old temper tantrum. She’ll even throw herself on the floor if you let her. We usually end up throwing her food away, and it never occured to me to just put her plate in the refridgerator and see if she wants some later…. DUH. Normally I’ll ask her later if she wants something to eat, and give her a healthy snack, or make her a sammie. How genious is this? (Thanks Nicole).
So… i’m going to try this the next time she wants to play war at the dinner table.
On a bright note, she had fun at AWANA tonight, and learned about happy and sad, and that God loves us when we’re happy or sad. So I said to her, you were sad at dinner tonight, but God loves you anyway. She was happy for the rest of the night. 🙂