At international playgroup recently, I saw a mother with her son in a body lock while he flailed and screamed. Been there, done that so I wandered over to offer moral support and maybe learn something. As I approached, she was trying to force feed him some goo.
“Tell him you will beat him if he doesn’t eat!” she said to me in a strong Indian accent.
“Please,” she begged with the most angelic smile. “Tell him you will beat him if he doesn’t eat.”
Cheeky. I thought. What do I look like, some nutter who goes around smacking other people’s kids? The toddler looked at me sullenly.
“Auntie will beat you,” She scolded. “Eat your food!” “Its the only way he’ll eat,” she said apologetically. “Please – tell him.”
“Erm, so I’m not going to do that,” I said, thoroughly discomfited by the whole episode. Maybe this would end in a Mediatakeout or DailyMail.com story.
“Maybe wait a bit. He’ll probably eat when he gets hungry,” I suggested.
“He needs to eat now before he falls asleep,” she snapped.
Aware that if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem, I beat a hasty retreat but I did learn something – that not every parent get’s their advice from Dr Spock.