Dear Fellow Parents,
I had an incident last night with Kitten (4). She wanted – NEEDED – a bandaid immediately for her tiny little hang nail. It was dinner and she hadn’t touched anything on her plate. I knew this was avoidance. I told her we could get a bandaid – which she obviously needed to keep the finger on – after dinner. Tears…5 minutes worth. I didn’t want to back down, but I couldn’t take the drama anymore either – it was such a stupid battle of wills. I made a bargain: a bite of dinner for a bandaid. Now, was that good parenting, lazy parenting, or bad parenting? Did I give in? Or make a legitimate compromise?