By Marisa Svalstedt
A local toddler is up in arms over the meals her supposedly “loving” mother provides for her on a daily basis.
According to the distraught child, the most recent incident occurred when her mother asked what she’d like for lunch. The toddler, whom we will call Emma for the purpose of protecting her true identity, said she told her mother she wanted English muffins. When her mother asked her if she was certain of her choice, she said she was and that she’d like them with jelly, not butter or peanut butter.
We asked why she requested muffins, and she said, “They sounded interesting, and Daddy said he likes them.”
When lunch was ready, her mother brought the toasted, jelly-covered English muffins to her, telling her they were ready to eat. The toddler claims she’d never promised to eat them, and reportedly told her mother, “No! I don’t like them. Throw them in the garbage!” before running from the room, close to tears.
When her mother asked why the muffins wouldn’t be eaten, the toddler in question became deeply offended and started screaming, leaving the abandoned muffins no other option but to settle into the trash.
In the interview that followed, the toddler told us, “I’m certain she knew I wanted hummus with crackers and a side of blueberries. She tried to make me eat the muffins. I don’t like muffins!”
When we questioned her as to what other things she’s asked her mother to make for her, she told us her mother tries to make her sandwiches, French toast, macaroni and cheese, and hamburgers, which the toddler finds extremely insulting.
“She’s been my mom for three years now. She knows better. I don’t want any of that stuff. I don’t like it! She needs to stop tricking me into saying I want to eat things I don’t!” she yelled venomously, with tears in her eyes.
Emma went on to tell us that her horrible mother often takes her out to nice restaurants and asks her to order things off the menu she describes as, “things you may like,” as means of purposely sparking a tantrum in public, thus inciting unwanted attention from all patrons seated nearby.
“It’s exhausting,” the child complained. “I just want this degradation to end. She doesn’t care that I’m starving or made extremely upset by her actions. She just pretends to be nice, smiles like a Disney villain, and tells me to taste the offending items she’s ordered.” Based on the child’s complaints, it is clear that there is something deeply wrong with this mother’s manipulative parenting skills.
The tortured child’s mother offered little in terms of resolution. “I just want to encourage her to try new things, and often when I ask her if she’d like to try something, she tells me with enthusiasm that she would. I try to give her what she wants, but she is often agitated by the sight of the completed meal and resorts to crying and later eating oatmeal bars, hummus on a spoon, and strawberries. I’m just trying to be a good mother by giving her options and variety.”
Do good mothers knowingly make their children try things they obviously don’t like? It is clear to us that this toddler believes the answer to that question is, “NO.”
About the Author
Marisa Svalstedt is a stay-at-home mom living in Connecticut, with her husband, and their daughter. She received her MA in English from Western Connecticut State. Her writing has been featured on Babble, The Mighty, ParentCo, Her View from Home, and many other publications. In addition to writing she enjoys photography, crochet, and jumping on trampolines. You can find more from her on Facebook and Instagram.