This week we had crab cakes with salad and veggies for dinner. Ryan started out by breaking his crab cake into bits and dipping his spoon in the salad dressing. Not a great start.
We told him that crab is like shrimp (he loves shrimp!) and he said, “I don’t like it!” Sigh. He then proceeded to take a potty break and when he came back (after eating nothing) said, “I’m all done!” We told him he still had to sit there for a few minutes since no one else was all done. A few minutes later his little voice said, “I be excused, please?” He tried to convince us some more that he didn’t like it and that he wasn’t hungry. Fine.
So we let him get down. He dumped his food in the trash and put his plate in the sink then went off to play. Just a few minutes later he came back in the kitchen…”I’m hungry.” Yes, we know. Crab cake? I don’t like it! How about some crab cake with some dip (ketchup)? I don’t like it! Well, it’s either crab cake with dip or nothing. Do you want to see it with the dip? Otay (he has trouble with “c” and “k” sounds).
He climbed up in Hannah’s chair and proceeded to eat half of a crab cake with some “dip”. Do you want more? Yeah. Do you like it? Yeah. He ate a crab cake and a half and Hannah even came back and ate another half crab cake.
It sure would have been easier to just give in to his pleas for bread or goldfish now, but what would happen next time? He would just learn that if he put up a fuss we would let him have what he wanted for dinner and not what was for dinner. We were willing to let him not eat for dinner…he had eaten two meals and a snack and had milk earlier in the day so him not eating dinner would not have been a huge deal.
In the end the score for battle crab cake was: Mommy and Daddy–1, Ryan–0.Connect with Radishes Are Pink on social media: