Right now it is 7:35pm.
At 6:00pm I asked 5 y/o DS what he wanted for dinner. I wasn't too hungry so I was just going to let him pick. He said he wasn't hungry. I told him I was going to make a sandwich for myself. I made my sandwich. I said again, "Elijah, do you want a sandwich? This is the last time I am going to ask. What do you want to eat?" He said, "I'm not hungry. I ate earlier." (at 1pm)
So now its bed time. "Elijah its time for bed." he replies, "I'm hungry". I told him I'm sorry, that I asked him over an hour ago, at dinner time, what he wanted to eat & he insisted that he wasn't hungry. He should have eaten when it was dinner time.
Now he is screaming, throwing things in his room, and flipping out. This isn't the first time he's done this. I think he does it in order to stay up. Dad is deployed & I think he is testing me to see how far I'll let it go.
Question is: Do I feed him? Or send him to bed without dinner because he didn't eat when it was time? He is FIVE.
EDIT: I DID make him stop what he was doing & come sit at the table with me. I thought if he was at least at the table he might want to eat. He stayed at the table until I was done. I Told him that was his last chance to get something to eat. This has been happening every night since Dad deployed last week.
UPDATE: I told him if he was hungry I'd make him a sandwich. He said he isn't hungry for a sandwich, he wants a donut. I told him donuts are NOT for dinner, that he can have a sandwich or he can have nothing. At the moment, he is choosing nothing so apparently he isn't THAT hungry.