You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.
Same thing goes for 3 year old boys and food.
I’ve been thinking a lot about my attitude and how it’s pretty much stunk up the place lately. We I am having (ha, ha!) trouble at times with my son and food, among other things, and how to handle transitioning out of diapers, and other “power struggles” etc. Lately I feel negative and focused on what he isn’t doing yet, instead of what he has done and the progress he has made. And I get frustrated with myself when I’m in a cycle like that. Just like running – the highs are great, and those lows are tough!
But after gaining some new insights and reading a couple of other parenting blogs, I think I’m headed back to a good direction. The common thread through this little epiphany is MY attitude. As soon as my attitude shifted, so did his. My demeanor changed, and so did his. As soon as I stopped being a harpee about food – it stopped being an issue. (This is not to say that I throw my hands up in the air, say I give up and let him eat chocolate all day. Although he would very much like to do just that!) But I’m working hard on not being such a nag. And I’m noticing that he is responding way better than if I hen peck the poor kid to death.
I know he’ll probably not want to try my latest and greatest kitchen concoctions anytime soon, but at least for now we are learning to give and take and not sweat the small stuff.