Well, I'm borrowing this little idea from Thrills. I am in need of some mommy wisdom... serious, need. Here goes.
My 5 year old, EJ, is suffering from severe bouts of ungratefulness and selfishness. The latest example was last night:
Me: Hey EJ if you could go anywhere for dinner tonight, where would YOU like to go?
EJ: Ummm... I'd love Mexican, mommy. Can we have Mexican?
Usually, we do not elicit opinions from our children on where to eat or other decisions. But last night was a special occasion and I thought it would be fun to ask him what he desired. In the end, we did eat Mexican food.
At the restaurant, EJ enjoyed his meal, including heaping amounts of chips and salsa. Towards the middle to the end of the meal, he began to get moody and started hinting around to dessert. We said firmly that we were not getting dessert tonight, sharing with him that this was a big treat to go out to eat in the first place.
Everything went downhill from there. Grumpiness and irritability set in.
Now this grates on every nerve inside my body. I am serious when I say, I want to yell, scream and throw my own fit for his attitude. Instead, I chose to very calmly explain that his attitude was hurtful and ungrateful. He continued on. And I calmly ( and I stress calmly ) began to take away the next thing he was supposed to do.
For the many times that I did talk to him about his attitude that evening, he never apologized or seemed to have gotten that he was wrong. Towards the end of the night, he again displayed quite an attitude with me over something else.
Here is my question: What do you do with ungratefulness and selfishness in your house?
I can not tell you what I would prefer to do right now. It involves taking away every little toy and fun. Bringing him to an orphanage, or somewhere for him to realize just how good he really has it. Please, even me out and share with me your wisdom!!!
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