I recently got to babysit my two grandsons, solo, at dinner and bedtime. For dinner, we went to the 5-year-old’s favorite place: Denny’s. I loved it.
We were put into a half-moon shaped booth, so had plenty of room. Miles ordered his favorite Baseball Pancake. This is a very large pancake with raspberry syrup drizzled on it to resemble the stitching on a baseball. It also comes with bacon and sausage, and he was quick to tell our server he wanted both of them. I ordered an Inside Out Grilled Cheese Sandwich for Spencer and a veggie burger for me.
Our food came and Miles proceeded to eat every bite on his plate. He is an eating machine! Spencer sat in his booster seat and ate a quarter of the sandwich. He grinned and jabbered the entire time. He is a social animal! I finally gave up getting him to eat any more. I moved it to the curve of the table.
He got up to walk to the end of the bench and back, doing his 2-year-old daredevil routine on the end. And an amazing thing happened. Every time he walked by his sandwich, he picked it up and took another big bite. He ended up eating almost the entire thing. No small feat for a little guy!
And it was an epiphany for me. He was hungry. He wanted to eat. He just didn’t want to sit there. Once I stopped trying to make him sit in place, he naturally took care of both needs. While I am crystal clear this won’t work every time, it did work at that one meal and it gave me another getting-a-child-to-eat tool for my toolbelt. I was thrilled.
We had a very nice time. Miles may pick another restaurant next time Spencer and I are along though. He most especially likes to go to Denny’s when his dad takes him—it is a restaurant for big guys.
Until next time,
Lisa, aka Veggie Gal