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I have a 4-year-old grandson named Alex. He is a wonderful and slightly mysterious little boy.
And I'm facing an incredible dilemma about our breakfast outings.
Alex can be moody for some reason that nobody can figure.
Every Tuesday Alex sleeps over and when morning rolls round it's time for him and me to go get some breakfast. The first week it was George Webb, where he had pancakes, sausage and orange juice. The second time it was George Webb again and the same menu.
Before the third time I suggested Ma Fischer's, but Alex announced he that he didn't like Ma so we went back to George's. The next time I suggested Denny's but he vetoed that choice, as well.
Now, I have nothing against Webb's, but I'd like to try something else. I can use some help here, folks.
I'm with the "Try making breakfast at home" bunch. Scrambled eggs are easy, and so are muffins or coffee cake from a mix. Little kids are more likely to try things they've helped make. He may even expand his palate this way.
I think this is a great time to teach him a lesson. He can't always get what he wants. It seems like a no brainer to go to webb's to keep him happy but this is going to create a bad behavior pattern as he grows. He is in a position where he is effectively calling the shots (so to speak). When adults take the back seat this behavior on both sides perpetuates forward.
Dave you make the decision. If he wants to get finnicky then he doesn't need to eat. He will eventually change his tune. There was a sign in my house growing up that hung above the oven. "There are two options: Take it or leave it".
Dave since you are looking at rather simple breakfasts did you consider the two of you cooking together? He could help crack eggs, toss shells away, scramble them under supervision. It would create a memory of his ol grandpa dave as he grows and he might find a love for cooking.
Mine's 5: loves Omega (S. 27th) and love LOVES Blue's Egg even more. If you sit in one of the high 2-tops, he'll love you for it.
Yea...a four year old should never be the boss of an adult.
But if you want to be nice Grampa, how about making a spinning wheel that has an arrow and is divided into pie sections. Each section of the pie could have the picture of a restuarant logo (since he can't read yet). Let him spin but make it clear that he gets only one spin and wherever it lands, that's where you'll eat. Period. He still gets to be the one to "choose" while you get the variety of restaurants that you want.
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