My six year old son was outside playing last night. At 6:45 I called him in for dinner. My son and his friend who lives down the street were not finished with what they were doing, building some kind of fort, so since my son's homework, practice, and chores were finished, I told the boy that if he liked and if it was alright with his parents, he could stay for dinner and pick up their game afterward. I made chicken piccata, nothing crazy, just thin sliced chicken breast with a lemon sauce, capers, and a side of zucchini. First he asked if he could have a soda. I told him sorry but we don't have any, we have water, skim milk, or unsweetened tea. He went with the water.
Than we brought the dinner to the dining room table and he took one look at it and asked for something else. I told him sorry, but this is what we have for dinner. If he doesn't want it, I could walk him back home and he could come back after dinner to finish the fort. He decided that he wanted to stay. He refused the zucchini, wiped off a couple bites of chicken, ate two leaves of salad, and had a few olive oil bread sticks. As soon as my son took his last bite, he started telling him to come on and go outside. My son told him that we wait until everyone is finished before leaving the table, so the boy sat and waited. After they were finished with their fort, the boy went home. This morning at the bus stop the boys mother started complaining to me about how I starved her son and how I had no right to force her child to sit there, children can not just sit with no entertainment. I explained that he could have left any time that he wanted, our rules are our rules. He had entertainment, discussion with us. We didn't starve him, he chose not to eat. I don't understand why parents would complain about things like this. Not everything revolves around one kids wants. Its just setting him up for rude behavior.