It’s 5:30. Time for the toddler to eat dinner if you want to stick to that 7:30 bedtime. Since I successfully ate lunch today, it isn’t quite time for my dinner. I can wait until ptb gets home. Instead, it’s time for some coffee so I survive until ptb gets home. That coffee clearly needs to be accompanied by the pumpkin muffin from yesterday that I forgot about.
Cut muffin up to make it look as little like a muffin as possible.
Don’t offer toddler just the dinner you had planned for him. Offer him a buffet of the crusts from his lunchtime PB&J, the apple he requested after nap and then refused to touch, and a bowl full of an appetizing dinner. Sausage and pasta was my dinner weapon of choice. Veggies? What veggies? Veggies are for suckers who want to share their muffin.
Place the muffin as far away from toddler as possible. Act like everything is normal, there is this plate of clearly unappetizing “stuff” that you just happened to be sitting near.
If he asks for nuts, give him nuts.
When he seems interested in the plate, mind the baby. He was fussing. Toddler successfully returns to buffet.
Never make eye contact with the muffin. Ok… never break eye contact with the toddler. This is an advantage to having cut it up. You can keep your eyes locked on him, and he won’t notice the hand that feeds the mouth. Specifically, your mouth.
When in doubt, point out his little brother. “Hey look at the baby!”.
Works every time. I’ve shared too many muffins. I earned this one.
What’s your secret to enjoying a tasty treat outside of nap time?