My child is still sitting upstairs crying and really, there is nothing I can do to make her feel better…other than to give her what she wants and I don’t want her to have it (candy). I send her lunch to school and she ate half of it today. So, I suppose she was hungry when she got home. We’ve been home for an hour. She has eaten a granola bar and a large banana. Now she is asking for a peppermint or a sandwich. However, what will happen if I keep giving her food (because I feel bad) is that she will NOT eat dinner. We’ve been having this fight for 15 minutes now about her eating something. How do you stop it? How do you just walk away? I have not mastered this in five years. Did I give in too much before now. She is relentless and it makes me so angry. I remember now to calm down and either walk away, change the subject or continue to say no.
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! And yes, I still hear her upstairs crying. I gave her a hug, told her mommy loves her and she will eat next time at dinner (because we are eating at church tonight). She told me she wants to go live with someone else tomorrow! I have to laugh but at the same time, doesn’t that break your heart. Man, they know how to pull those strings.
So please, if anyone is reading this and has advice – let me know! I’ve read parenting book after parenting book and tried it all. I haven’t found anything that works and apparently, I don’t have “the look” that my mom had!