I think this is something every mom struggles with at one point or another. That moment when your child won’t finish his dinner. Suddenly they don’t like ____ or refuse to eat _____. This video by Ragu makes me laugh because I think we can all relate to the desire to do what it takes for our kids and then hit that point of – gee I wonder if this looks weird to anyone else.
While I’ve never worn spaghetti on my head (at least not on purpose), I can definitely relate to that moment of desperation when you feel like you have to do SOMETHING. We had one time in particular that turned into a major battle of wills with my oldest son, Evan.
He was about five and had helped himself to seconds of oatmeal without asking. So Sidney said that he could have it but he needed to eat it all. Of course, Evan couldn’t finish it all so we put it in the fridge and brought it out for lunch. (Our philosophy is that if a child takes something to eat it will be the next thing that they eat – even if they don’t finish it at THAT meal.)
So lunch? A total no go. Dinner? Ditto. My usually voracious son had set his heels in the ground and I was getting desperate.
At breakfast the next morning we hit the 24 hour mark and I pulled out the big guns. “Evan, when we go to town this afternoon we’ll be eating lunch at Chili’s!” This is a big treat for the kids because we don’t eat out often. “You can either order a kid’s pizza like your siblings, or I can bring this oatmeal in a tupperware.”
In my head I was praying – please, please, please do not make me bring this cold, slimy oatmeal to Chili’s. On the outside I was cool as a cucumber as I reached into the pantry and brought out a tupperware bowl and lid. As soon as he saw the container Evan knew it was over and finished his oatmeal. PRAISE GOD!
I’ve never had another situation like that again. What a relief too because that was tough. Once you say something you feel committed as a parent – how did I know my son would be that stubborn!? I wonder who he gets that from….Hmm….
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I was a member of the Mom’s The Word on Dinner program last year but have not been compensated for this post – I just think the video is funny.