Milking Sibling Envy For All its Worth

You may remember that we were having a bit of trouble getting our baby Z to drink milk. We’d disguised it with flavors, warmed it up, pretended it was liquified pasta (okay, not really) but nothing would work. Z either turned her head away in utter contempt or, when she was feeling particularly malevolent she’d accept the beaker, look you in the eye then casually toss it over the side of her high chair.

Well I’m glad to report a breakthrough. Apparently the best way to wear down your youngest child’s milk resistance is to serve it in exactly the same type of Lightning McQueen beaker that her four year old brother drinks his apple juice in.

Just as she needs to play with all his toys and just as she needs to copy his every move so little Z had to drink what her bro was drinking.

So there you have it – a small battle won. Wish I could say we were as confident in prevailing in the 17 year war that lies ahead!

- Matthew

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2 Responses to Milking Sibling Envy For All its Worth

  1. Richard says:

    HI
    MY NAME IS RICHARD: I HAVE THREE KIDS: BEN, MARK AND JENNIFER. BEN IS 3; MARK IS 5 AND JENNIFER IS 8. THEY ATTEND PUBLIC SCHOOL AND BEN IS IN DAYCARE ALL DAY. I HAVE JUST DISCOVERED THE ZULA PATROL ON OUR LOCAL PBS CHANNEL. NOW MY KIDS ALL WANT TO BE ASTRONAUTS! MARK’S FAVORITE CHARACTER IS GORGA, THE PET WHO WAS RESCUED BY BULA. BUT JENNIFER’S FAVORITE IS ZEETER, THE GIRL NAVIGATOR. I THINK SHE LIKES THE TAKE-CHARGE ATTITUDE. AND BEN JUST LOVES THE SHOW, EVEN THO’ HE’S ONLY 3! THE BEST THING ABOUT THIS SHOW IS THAT THEY COOK DIFFERENT FOODS. IN ONE EPISODE, MULTO MAKES A SQUID PIZZA. OF COURSE THAT NIGHT, THE KIDS WANTED PIZZA–WITH SQUID ON IT!!!!IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THIS, TAKE A LOOK. AND, THEY HAVE A GREAT WEBSITE! ZULA.COM.

  2. Hi–I happened upon your blog and found it interesting. I was reading your post about having your child drink milk. Just to add to the comments–having your child imitate the older sibling is a good suggestion. It would also work with having your child imitate you (the parents). Since imitation is a key way in which children “learn”, they will imitate most anything that the people around them do—including defiance. If you don’t “push” an item at your child, but just “use” it in front of them over a period of time, they will begin to want it. So, in the future, you may not want to try so hard with the subterfuge, and more with just doing it in front of them. They will “come to you.” If the family drinks milk (you, your wife and other child) directly in front of the young one, imitation will kick in (smile).

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