The worst is dinner time. It has turned into a battle royale!
"In the other corner we have two desperate parents attempting to be as head strong as their toddler by not caving and giving in to the tough guy's demands!"
"Who will win? It's any body's guess! Will the toddler get tired and eat the dinner that was served that night or will the parents buckle in an attempt to have a peaceful dinner and give the toddler blueberries because it is the only thing he will eat?!?!?"
Here's my problem... I want to help my son. I know I have to be strong and I can't let him get the better of me every time he throws a fit. On the other hand I am constantly asking myself this question, "is Baby Boy giving me a hard time or is he going through a hard time?" Is he truly testing his boundaries with us and attempting to get his way or is he teething, tired, and maybe, just maybe, he genuinely doesn't like what we've given him to eat? I'm screwed, aren't I?
One thing I tried recently was asking daycare how they handle his tantrums and if he gives them a hard time during meals. I couldn't believe their response. "Baby Boy NEVER throws tantrums and meals are never an issue." WHAT?!?!? Apparently he saves his tantrums for us. Gee, thanks?
Hubby and I are not going down without a fight! We've made some changes to our dinner routine and we've purchased a new high chair/booster seat which allows Baby Boy to be at the table with us. I'm hoping are efforts aren't futile. Wish us luck!
Do you have a trantruming toddler? What tips and tricks do you use? Have any helpful advice for us?