Last night I just about lost all patience with Marli. After work is always a tricky time when i actually get the rare time to come straight home. Yesterday I was able to come straight home after work to sit and relax. That span of time could be an hour or two before dinner is actually served. I tried real hard to fill that time in with a healthy snack and some mommy daughter play time, however Marli clearly had other plans. Immediately after walking in, hanging up her coat and releasing our dog from his cage she ran to the fridge asking for ice cream.
Now, I normally don't buy Ice Cream but a few weeks ago Marli was hit with the flu bug. Ice cream and Popsicle were thee only thing she would keep down. While preparing dinner one day earlier, she caught a glimpse inside the freezer and saw the damn ice cream bucket. From that day on, her favorite food group has been ice cream.
Last night was an all out battle.
"marli lets eat some dinner"
"mommy I Don't want no dinner- I want ice cream"
" marli eat this spaghetti and then we can have some ice cream."
Immediate tears, all of which were fake, came running down her face. Kicks and screams filled my living room along with the frequents reminders that she was in charge and that ice cream would be for dinner.
"ok, marli ill leave your food here. Eat it and then you can have some ice cream."
SCREAMS at the top of lungs.
Trying to remain calm, I politely picked her up and dropped her off in her room.
"night night. You don't eat spaghetti you can go to bed"
" no mommy, i no tired. Ill eat dinner."
We walk back into the kitchen. She tricked me. She saw that ice cream and went crazy. Again.
Go up to screams at the top lungs and re-read 2 more times.
It took me a good 4 times to rationalize with her. However, once she saw it my way she enjoyed her spaghetti and got indulge in some rainbow sherbet ice cream!