You're not alone if your family has been on and off sick (mostly on) since late October!
After another trip to the doctor this week, I was given the standard prescription of rest and fluids for my oldest.
However, once we got home and I started making dinner, the typical snack requests started 😐😐😐
For an adult, it seems like such a simple solution to just wait 30 minutes for dinner. But for young children, who live in the moment, 30 minutes minutes can feel like a lifetime.
Luckily, I spotted the bag of oranges in the fridge and suggested we work together to make some fresh squeezed orange juice - he got in plenty of fluids (once I diluted it with a bit of water), it filled him up enough while I made dinner, and everyone was happy.
By encouraging participation and ownership in a solution, I was able to gain his cooperation a lot more easily.
(side note: he's always so proud when he makes himself a glass of juice and usually insists on making one for me too. I'm almost convinced making orange juice could solve half our problems 😆)
This idea of working collaboratively on a solution with children is one you'll see come up in many of the popular parenting books: