I am a fan of Dr. John Rosemond who writes a syndicated advice column about raising children and I thought this story he recounted recently was great!
Four-year-old Rodney would not eat veggies. They tasted bad and made him want to throw up, he said.
One day, his parents read a column of mine and got an idea. They sat Rodney down and said, “Your doctor says if you don’t eat vegetables, you have to go to bed right after dinner.” When he pressed for an explanation, they shrugged and told him they didn’t know. “Doctors know lots of things,” they said.
Three early-bedtime days later, Rodney’s vegetable aversion had been cured. His doctor is a genius!
When I first became a fan of Dr. Rosemond’s was when he wrote a column about the parent/child relationship that was a revelation to me (unfortunately, it was long after my child-rearing years). He said something like, “If there aren’t times when your child hates you, you aren’t doing something right.” Oh how I wish someone had told me that when I was raising young children. I was always concerned when my children were mad at me. Apparently, that meant I was a good parent. Who knew!