Scene: At the kitchen table
Who: Madison (4) and Reese (2)
Background and Conversation: We were having dinner and I will typically let the girls have “treats” – aka dessert if they eat all their food and make good choices during dinner. Reese was not feeling ANYTHING this day and her favorite word was a loud NO followed by an aggressive swing at something.
Madison: “Now Reese all you have to do is eat your dinner and stop yelling at Dad and you can have a cookie.”
Reese: “NO!!! While throwing a piece of broccoli.”
Madison: “Now Reese that wasn’t nice at all. That is not how we act at the dinner table. Watch your sister.”
Reese: “NOOOOOO!!!!! Now trying to get at Madison.”
Madison: “Well that attitude is not going to get you anywhere.”
Madison: “Dad I think Reese should not be allowed to have a treat after dinner until she decides to make better choices.”
Me:” Is that right”
Reese: Breaking out into serious tears and yelling out her frustration.
She did not get dessert that night and had a quick bath and bed time.
-submitted by Corey-