Last night my son (he's 5) kept jumping around and playing with his toys at the table. I got upset (only because my boyfriend has a problem with having toys at the table and because I don't want my son to choke from jumping around (the toys issue doesn't really bother me)) and tooks his toys away. My son was upset and trying to make a deal with me that if I gave his toys back, he would eat. I hate to see my son cry, so I talked him into eating a little and then gave his toys back. My bf was mad and criticizing me. What would you do differently?
Asked by Anonymous at 11:11 AM on Mar. 18, 2009 in Preschoolers (3-4)
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Answer by mlregalado at 12:06 PM on Mar. 18, 2009Credits: 272 Level 8
For 1 NO toys at the dinner table period at my house... dinner is a time for family and small talk of the day...
Take the toys away... set him at the table and tell him to eat his dinner and then he can go play afterwards..
Your Bf has the right to be upset... playing at the table can cause food spills, and is a disruption.. you need to set rules up for your son for dinner or meal times which includes NO toys at the table, he needs to understand there is a time for play and a time for other things without toys...
As long as you keep giving in to him you are only teaching him that if he crys he gets what he wants... and that misbehavior is ok...
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