Bed Without Supper

Do any of you actually follow through on the threat to send your kid to bed without their supper?

Two nights ago, my youngest would not eat his soup.  He’s 4, and lately he has been “testing boundries”, which are code words for  “driving us insane.” He decided he didn’t like the soup (which we’ve had before) and would not eat it.  We even had Halloween candy as a desserty incentive. He cried when he didn’t get candy, but he still wouldn’t eat the soup. He had eaten 5 or 6 bites, and had been playing with it for 20-30 minutes when I finally took the bowl away.

It was time for bed, Amy wasn’t home, everyone else was done eating, and I just started the bedtime routine.  He definitely expressed being hungry a few times, but the soup option was always rejected. Eventually he went to bed jolly as ever and slept all night long.   At 6:15 he next morning he woke us up with his relentless chatter, which is only slightly tempered by his equally relentless cuteness.  But that’s the same time he always wakes us up.

So right now I’m feeling pretty good about standing my ground, but it’s the first time I’ve ever done that with any of our kids.  So I figured I’d ask around… see what others have experienced.