Our Child’s Deity

Disclaimer: Questionable Parenting.

Little you may know, but Sophia, is a monotheist. It just happens to be that her God is none other than Elmo. She adores Sesame Street and we have begun to use it as a bit of a crutch. Sophia has reached terrible two’s in her attitude but not in age. I don’t particularly want to wrestle or argue with her but things need to get done, dinners eaten, things put back in place, teeth brushed, etc., So here we are:

Me: Sophia, it’s dinner time.

Sophia: No!

Me: [after nap, trying to give her a snack] How about some apple sauce?


Me: Raisins after snack.


Me: We don’t scream at home. Elmo won’t come and visit us if we scream.


Anyone else have a similar situation? What to do?!


  1. Dana said:

    It will go away, just as it came. Just be patient, mom! And choose your battles. 🙂

    May 14, 2013
  2. judi said:

    Too much conversation! The less said the better so that you are not verbally giving attention or rewarding the negative behavior. Ignore, ignore, ignore (no looks or verbally responding)the negative behavior (screaming)and it will go away!
    Try first and then…
    Applesauce first, then raisins.

    May 15, 2013
    • Nadya said:

      How does she know that it is negative behavior? Besides, if I ignore her behavior, it teaches and permits her to ignore my behavior that she may view as negative. How is this different than ignoring her nighttime wakings and let her cry it out?

      May 15, 2013
  3. Irma Spencer said:

    One great grandson (3) is still into no. Finally they ignore hem, let him play. He eats a good breakfast. Will eat chicken nuggets, fajitas, some times steak His brother ( 14 months) eats ANYTHING, ALL THE TIME. And not fat. When I made challah, he had a piece in each hand.
    go figure.

    August 23, 2014

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