I have mentioned before how I am learning to let Choo-choo do things for himself. (Pearly whites Toddler independence) Well, included in this lesson is the idea that I don’t have to let him make all the decisions all the time, despites his (screaming) protests. After a tantrum-filled debate between the two of us (his tantrum, not mine), I realized it doesn’t have to be an either/or situation. I don’t have to only give in to everything or nothing.
For example, I gave Choo-choo apple slices and sunflower seed butter for a snack. He demanded crackers, too. While adding crackers would have been no big deal, I didn’t think he needed them or the extra carbs and sodium that came with them.
Earlier in my journey, I most likely would have just given them to him to avoid the inevitable whining. I assumed I would have to endure his fit this time, too. However, I offered up a compromise: If he ate all his apple slices, he could have crackers.
Choo-choo got a nutritious snack, and he had the promise of possible crackers. There was no shouting or crying and minimal whining. It was a win-win no matter how I looked at it. Definitely working toward more of those 🙂