My son is currently a bib-refuser and a sometimes high-chair and buggy refuser. Would you like to know my parenting strategy? Let him sit on my lap to eat breakfast and lunch, turn a blind eye to the food stains permanently dotted all over his clothes and unstrap him from the buggy so that he can waddle along the streets at baby-pace.
I never planned to be a certain type of parent but I seem to have accidentally fallen into the ‘if it doesn’t hurt them, or anyone else, let it happen’ camp. My feeling, from experience, is that letting toddlers exert themselves occasionally makes them feel like they have some control and eventually they start doing the thing you want them to be doing again. The one non-negotiable is sleep. I’m strict with sleep, and it works well for all of us. Other than that, they quite often win.
What are you like as a parent: gentle, disciplinarian, lover-of-rules or a mix, depending on the day and your mood? #parenting