Our week in Spain is already feeling like a lifetime ago! We’ve been having pretty much daily mealtime battles with Monkey, for what seems like months now. It’s really getting me down.
It’s so disheartening to cook a good wholesome meal, and then spend the next hour watching it go cold while he decides whether he will eat it or not. Mealtime battles when you KNOW he actually likes what you’ve cooked, it’s such a nightmare.
I know I’ve written about this before, tonight I’m tired, it’s been a long day, nothings gone to plan, and I feel like the worst Mother ever. I know I’m not, but you know that moment, when you have just had enough?
Tonight, after another hour of trying to get Monkey to eat a meal that he’s eaten many times before, I’d really just had enough. The meal ended up in the bin, I really don’t do waste. I picked him up, carried him up the stairs and got him ready for bed. I didn’t brush his teeth, no story, just go to bed. He protested, obviously, but all went quiet and he’s asleep.
What do I do? He’d live on cheese sandwiches at the moment. That’s not the answer. Most evenings I have to feed him myself to get him to eat his meal. He’s 4 years old, that’s not the answer. I’ve tried swapping lunch and dinner around, with limited success. I’ve tried earlier dinners, later dinners. Do I stop afternoon snacks? I’ve threatened to. I’m tired, and I find it hard when I’m home alone with a very wilful Monkey. No idea where he gets that from.
I love cooking, but at the moment, I dread it. Please someone tell me that he’s going to go back to eating anything and everything sometime in the next decade! I worry that he’s not getting all the goodness a growing little boy needs.
Inadequacy, tiredness, heading to the wrong side of 45 hormonally, frustration, what am I doing wrong. When will mealtime battles end so we can enjoy our dinner times, enjoy chatting about the days events.
I know people are facing far worst things than fussy eating, I’d just like to see an end to this. Now please!