Every parent book out there will tell you that the secret to raising a child is consistency. I would have to agree with this statement. BUT, there are some cases where it feels like no matter the consistency, your child is just NOT going to learn anything from the situation and your efforts are completely hopeless. This was such the case last night at our house. It was time for dinner and Eli came running up to the tabel exciteed for his meal. We sit him in his chair put his plate in front of him and immeiately began the tantrum! I made something new for dinner but I had intentionally put sides of potatoes and carrots on his plate, which he normally loves. Every word from his mouth was “no!” He pushed his plate away, we scooted it back, he pushed it away… this was an ongoing process. Throwing the food to the dogs was his next step in his plan of action. Now I don’t know about you but I was completely at a loss, my child has never been a picky eater. I have never dealt with him completely refusing to even try one bite! I had always said that I didn’t want to be a short order cook and make several different meals every night to meet everyone’s taste buds in the house, the kids didn’t have to like what I make but they had to at least try it. Sounded real good before I had any kids… now it’s finally the current chapter in my book. Everything is always easier when you are not facing the situation at the time! So what’s a parent to do when your toddler refuses to even taste dinner? Consistency… right? That’s what everyone will tell you but sometimes it’s just hard when they are in the midst of a tantrum and you are thinking to yourself… is he even learning anything from this? Yes, after an hour Eli did eventually try his dinner after my attempt to dip his potato in ketchup (which grossed me out because I can not stand ketchup, but hey, he tried it!) Whether you have a child that is grown or a newborn, as parents we have all faced or will face nights like these. So remember… while consistency is the key so is supporting each other along our journey in parenthood!
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“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” Philippians 4:11b (NIV)
My little Eli turned a year last month and we all could have sworn that he was going to walk before his first birthday. For a while now he has been pulling up, walking along side furniture and lately he is standing up on his own without holding on to anything. That has slowed down now. He is still walking along furniture and every now and then he will stand on his own, but now if he realizes that is what he is doing he slowly sits down. Pretty much we have decided that he just doesn’t have any interest in it right now. As a first time mom I am so excited to see him take his first steps. Of course everyone who has older kids tells me that I don’t want him to walk because life just gets more crazy. I am sure they are right, but I think it is just something about that first baby and first steps that moms can’t help but anticipate. Most of my friends say that they were trying so hard with their first one to get to walk and then when the second one came they wanted them to take their time learning to walk, stay little longer. I’m sure this is exactly the way I will be too. I guess I just need to take a page from Eli’s book. He is content with crawling and not walking right now so I guess I should be too because I am sure that after he learns I will be saying that I wished he hadn’t learned so fast.
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