My 3-year old misbehaved yesterday afternoon. He refused to sit in his booster seat when my wife asked him to.
So, like any good parent, I threatened to punish him.
“Hey, Mister,” I said, in a stern voice. “If you don’t go to your seat right now, you will not be allowed to eat broccoli anymore.”
My 3-year old looked at me, eyes wide-open. He hates broccoli.
“But I love broccoli,” he said. He looked confused.
“Nope,” I insisted. “No broccoli.”
“But I do.”
“That’s your punishment,” I said. “From now on, you only eat Popsicle and chocolate—and that’s that.”
“But I do,” he said, softly this time.
My reverse psychology—or whatever psychologists call it nowadays—was working.
My 3-year old looked dejected. He slowly climbed up to his seat and, at least to me, reluctantly allowed my wife to buckle him up.
Between that time and last night, I developed a conscience. So I called my 3-year old, knelt in front of him and offered to allow him to eat broccoli again.
He looked at me, waited a second, smiled a little then said: “Yuck! That’s gross.”
Okay. That’s one way not to convince your kids to eat broccoli.
Any other ideas?
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