Dinner time in the my household is sometimes a challenge. There are threats, bribes and often tears… tonight seemed to be heading in the same direction in the Grandparents household.
Master 4 was not eating his dinner and was becoming ruder with statements such as ‘I won’t say hello to you Mummy when you go anywhere.’ Saying ‘I don’t want to have a sleepover at Nana’s house’ meant a trip to time out with tears naturally occurring.
Once the tears had settled down I went to have a conversation with Master 4 about his rudeness. It went a little like this… ‘Master 4, you need to sit up at the table and be nice whilst eating your dinner.’ Master 4′s reply ‘My tummy doesn’t like sleepovers, it was making me say not very nice things. They keep coming up from my tummy. My tummy doesn’t like sleepovers, but I do.’
I gave said tummy a stern talking to and dinner was eaten quite quickly.
So for all those parents wondering why their usually delightful children are being rude or suddenly don’t like things, it’s not them, it’s their tummies!