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Thursday, June 17, 2010

We have nothing to eat

I know I haven't been around much but I have good excuses reasons. Sophia was sick I had class parties,field day,multiple orders to get out,recitals,finals to study for and just plain exhaustion. Things are slowly quieting down so hopefully next I'll be back full force.

This Thursdays Three is going to be a bit different. It's my response to the following scenario:

Darling child/children: "I'm hungry"(this statement is usually said moments after they've just eaten)

Me: What do you mean you are hungry-you just ate.

Them: I'm still hungry

Me:Have a small snack

Them: We don't have anything to eat

Me: Yes we do the pantry is full we just went shopping

Them: There's nothing good

Me; What do you mean there's nothing good? You picked out the snacks

Them:I don't like those anymore


OK-now here's the three:

Response 1. "I'm sorry you don't like the snacks but you picked them out so you are stuck with your choices."

A nice but firm response- notice I added the "I'm sorry" to show that I empathize with their enormous dilemma

Response 2. "I don't have a endless supply of money.Those are the snacks we bought those are the snacks you are going to eat I'm not buying anything else until all those snacks are gone"

Not as nice but still getting the point across

Response 3. "How exactly is this my problem?"

Snarly yes-but by far the most effective
At this point they usually find something to eat from the horrible selection they are being force to endure  and I can go back to eating the good snacks that I have in my secret hiding place.




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