For the longest time, I dreaded dinner time…”I don’t like this.” “This is gross.” “This is disgusting.” “I’m not eating that.” “I want something else.” it just went on and on and on. My 4 year old is very persistent and dinner time is not an exception.
I’m not a mom that likes spanking, I feel like it doesn’t teach anything good. I’m all for other punishments though, time outs, standing in the corner, taking toys away, reward charts, praise for good behavior, etc. The only problem is, I feel like I had tried everything to try and get my child to eat dinner, I even would make her sit there, and that’s exactly what she would do, she would just sit there for the longest time.
I finally had enough one night with the complaining and whining, and here is what I did. I put a time out chair facing the wall in the hallway to our garage, that way she could not see anyone. The minute she started complaining or whining about dinner, I gave her a warning and explained to her if it happened again she would be spending 4 minutes in the time out chair. The next time she broke the rules, she went straight to the time out chair, I typed in 4 minutes on the microwave timer and when it went off, she was to come right back to the table and eat. I warned her if it happened again, she would do the same thing.
The time outs continued on for an entire hour, when she finally decided to eat dinner, and she ate all of it. That took some persistence on my part and some hard time dedicating, following through, but the next night at dinner I gently reminded her of the night before, and since then she has ate dinner every single night and it has been a couple months since this happened. If she whines or complains, I just remind her of the night she spent an hour going back and forth to time outs.
I’m not saying this will work for everyone, but I’d give it a try. I also feel the key to making this work is remaining calm and just following through, don’t give up. I had looked every where online for ways of disciplining a preschooler, a toddler, 3 year old, 4 year old, 5 year old, and to be honest, I didn’t really come across anything that I feel I hadn’t already tried. I’m hoping by sharing this with my readers it will help out someone.