My kids are probably already going to need therapy so I figure that I might as well make it interesting for the therapist. Here’s an example:
Child: Do I really have to eat my vegetables in order to get dessert? I don’t like peas.
Me: What is it that you don’t like about them?
(I look at the child’s plate to study the peas carefully.)
Me: I see what you mean. They do sort of look like tiny, shriveled martian eyeballs.
The odd part is that the kid now eats peas without complaining. He’s also learned that stuffed peppers are not really stewed monkey heads, but he eats them anyway.
Sounds like a classic win-win-win situation for everybody.
Win #1: I got the kid to eat his food.
Win #2 : Kid thinks he’s getting something extraordinary and exciting that he can tell his friends about at school.
Win #3: Therapist will die laughing one day and look forward to appointments with my son.
I think I may write a book on parenting...