Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Cover me, I'm goin' in!

Say a prayer for me guys...tonight I start the you're going to sit here at this table until you at least try one bite of it. I have a feeling that teaching WonderKid that trying new foods is going to be my toughest challenge yet. But I'm not going to give up and I'm not going to give in. When I told WK what would be going on tonight I said, "You'll sit at this table until you take a bite of what we're eating." She said, "What about when it's bed time?" Do you see how this kid's mind works? She's alreaady planning on sitting at the table till bedtime! I told her she'll go to bed, then get up and sit at the table again till she eats a bite. She thought about this for a minute and said, "Can we not talk about this right now, I'm eating..." Like I said, THIS IS GOING TO BE TOUGH! I'm kind of glad I'm starting this while Mr.Wonder is gone. Nothing against him, but he gives in WAY too easily.
You guys are totally going to have to be my support in this over the next few days. I don't want to crack, I don't want to give up, I don't want to fail her.
UPDATE: Well, the process took all of about an hour and 45 minutes. She had to sit there. Are there phases to this kind of thing? Like with dying...here's her phases through her "quotes" (I even wrote them down, I was trying so hard not to laugh):
Anger
"I will never eat this!"
"It's Disgusting!"
"I hate these noddles, they stink!"
Randomness (these just came out of no where)
"I"ll don't like my bike. I'll never ride it again. Okay, I'll keep it."
"I wish it was rainy forever."
"I don't like these pictures."
Whining
"Daddy..."
"Come home, Daddy."
"I want my Daddy, right now."
"I'm tired and I'm falling asleep."
Bargaining
"If you give me a spanking, can I get down?"
Sadness
"I'll sit here forever."
"But I love you, I want you."
"How long will it take until bedtime?"

She then started trying to lay her head down or turning to lay her head on the back of the chair, I told her she had to sit the right way so she wouldn't fall asleep. With that I got, "I'm just blinking, " and"But I want to see the world out there." So I'm sitting on the couch, she's finally quieted down and when I look over she looks like she's just sitting in her chair the right way. Here I should tell you I was knitting so I didn't have my glasses on. When I got up, take a guess at what I found?
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You guessed it, WonderKid had fallen asleep...IN HER CHAIR! I am at a total loss. Now what do I do? Do I make her sit at the table tomorrow with the same food? Do I start all over again with a different meal?

5 comments:

Michelle said...

I wouldn't give her the same food. Again, just whatever you are eating for the day. She's already gotten a taste of whats to come(That you WILL follow through). It will get easier every day...I can see it already! am proud of you for keeping w/what you want and making her sit there!! YAH for you!!!Keep smiling!!!

dani said...

man she is dramatic!

i have an idea. when you plan out dinner pick 2 'new' things for her to try. then let her pick between the two. maybe it would make her feel like she had more ownership

Heather said...

Great Job Kim!!! I loved the comments...aimed at trying to show you that you could have no leverage over her. If you are consistant, she will give up and realize that you are FOR REAL!! Her comment, "Can we not talk about this right now..." is very disrespectful...I laughed, but can you imagine the attitude she will give you as a teen? I know I am being "hard", but it is so important that she talk to you in a respectful way. Her tone reflects her heart. Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. Great job again!! Dani had a great suggestion for the food situation. {{hugs}} and love to you. Don't let the devil discourage you- you are doing wonderful.

Heather said...

BTW...just so you know, my kids test what they can get away with in attitude too... ie Anjolie tried to get away with saying to me "Hello, I'm trying to get through here"..of course I corrected her, and they will always "test" at one time or another, but it is not often at this point *sigh*. We can only do our best :) I didn't want you to think that I think my kids are anything other than normal little kids that occasionaly drive me NUTS ;) WK is very very smart and very very CUTE...can be a volatile combo lol.

tAnYeTTa said...

i love the photo of her sleeping in the chair! she's a genius, eat the stinky noodles or go to sleep! she is toooo cute :)