A child must learn to obey, but you can teach a child, even a so-called strong-willed child, to obey without the battle.
Why are we often surprised when our children behave like children, when they act childish or misbehave? Children will be childish. That fact doesn’t mean we excuse bad behavior, but it does influence how we deal with it.
Maybe it is time to slow down with a more meaningful, less stressful mealtime in our routines. Let’s give our young eaters time to experience new food, learn table manners, connect, and engage in meaningful conversation.