Biggest thing I've learned today: you can only push a child so far. Once you reach a certain point, they WILL push back, whether it's a voluntary or involuntary response, that's what'll keep you guessing.
All of a sudden my 3 year old thinks that he doesn’t like vegetables. I guess he simply can’t remember that back in the day he would chug strained peas, smashed peaches, liquefied asparagus, etc., etc.
We had a bit of a stand-off yesterday regarding corn. Daddy won that one. And without tears, screaming, crying, etc.
Tonight was a different story.
Mommy had gone to the trouble to cook steak kabobs, rice and green beans. (I haven’t been self-employed long enough for the government cheese to be a factor, yet.)
After having cleared his plate of any evidence of charred cow, Connor requests a refill. Neither the rice nor the green beans had been touched. We stated to him that we would be happy to encourage his growth with another helping of steak, but he would have to at least try some of the green beans (you know, the same thing he was eating through a strainer not but 18 months ago).
The facial contortions, full body shivers, crossed eyes, and horking noises that came from the boy, you’d think we were trying to force feed him sludge from the sewer.
But we were determined. He was going to eat his vegetables. Or so we thought.
As the last green bean of the night went down his gullet, all of his contortions had forced every bit of his night time meal to be forcefully reintroduced.
Apparently, he had not been chewing up the beans, rather swallowing them whole. As it appears, there’s only so much room in a 3 year old esophagus. It will only hold a certain amount of steak and beans.
Remember when your mother used to nag you to chew your food thoroughly? There was definitely a good reason for it. She didn’t want you to blow chunks all over her clean kitchen.
Chalk one up for the boy and desire not to eat green beans.
Can’t wait to see what happens the next time we decide to have squash.