Brittany - posted on 02/17/2012 ( 48 moms have responded )
We have a six year old who is terrible and a demon. She does whatever she wants whenever and no matter what we do, wall, corner, chair, pop on the foot grounded she doesn't care. She just waits, then is good for a day gets what she wants and then starts it all over.
Recently I've been having problems with her dinner issues. We are on a tight budget so I make good wholesome meals while still saving food. One night I made chicken, rice and veggies. She didn't want to eat it and said "I'm not eating that. I want something else." I told her she needed to eat what I made her. She pitched a fit, hit, stomped her feet, yelled and got sent to the wall. (Which means standing against the wall for 6 minutes) after that she still wouldn't eat it. So I made her a PBJ (Peanut butter jelly sandwhich) I thought "Maybe she isn't that hungry" I figured if she ate the sandwhich and was still hungry maybe she'd eat some veggies. She came into the kitchen, "I'm not eating that, I want something else" she screamed. So I sent her to bed without dinner.
What I want to know is, I'm sure I have her plenty of options. She picked Chicken and rice for dinner herself, then once it was made she didn't want to eat it. I've made her sit at the table before until she ate but she just fell asleep.
I didn't like sending her to bed without dinner, but as we are on a tight budget I can't just go making everything under the sun until she finally agrees to eat it. Nor will I bend to her every whim.
On sunny warm days, not hot, I'll have her sit outside in a chair for 10 minutes until she calms down. We live in the desert so she can scream and kick and yell and not disturb anyone.
The fact of the matter is, I don't like picking up perfectly good food on the floor and having to throw it away just because she throws a temper tantrum.
We are currently getting her tested for ADD or ADHD. I think she just has a spoiled attitude that she gets from her mother when she spends time with her. Since her mom does anything and everything just to keep her quiet. Movies, candy, anything just so she'll shut up or not scream and pitch a fit.