Debbie - posted on 07/30/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )
I know I can be a permissive parent in certain ways. One thing I don't believe personally in is making my 4 year-old eat foods he doesn't like. I wouldn't treat myself that way, and I believe in time he will try those foods on his own.
I am a single parent, and live with my brother's family. I knew they disagreed on this issue, but I was not prepared when I left them babysitting my son to come home and find him crying at the table...two hours after dinner was over. They would not excuse him because he had not tried the food. I didn't want to undermine what they were doing with him, even though I disagreed, but when I found out they were going to let him sleep at the table in punishment, I was livid. I told them that was not okay with me, and although they think it would do no harm, I told them I believed that would be considered neglect by those who matter.
I did come up with a solution they could agree too. I told my son his choice was to try the food or to go straight to bed (it was definitely late enough). He was very emotional and agreed to go to bed. I tucked him in and read to him and kissed him goodnight. Now I'm trying to process this. What would you have done in this situation?