I have a confession. I lied. To my 2 year old son. It started with his introduction to chocolate milk. He loved it, and refused to drink regular milk again. Concerned about his health with an addiction to refined sugars at such a young age, I tried everything to get him to drink plain milk, but to no avail. Then one day it just happened. I gave him plain white milk in his cuppy, and told him it was chocolate milk. He drank it.
So every single day since then, I have been telling him that his milk is chocolate milk: a blatant lie. As you well know, we went on vacation with my family a couple weeks ago. Somehow, in his foray into the real world, (interacting with a handful of people other than myself,) Nati figured out that I had not been completely straight with him. But not only did he figure out that plain milk is not chocolate milk. He also decided that chocolate syrup is chocolate milk. And he does not want chocolate milk and milk. He only wants chocolate milk (aka syrup).
This has resulted in many tantrums as he asks several times daily for chocolate milk, and is each time disappointed with the product, whether it is white milk or real-live chocolate milk. Today I had had way more than enough of this when he brought me his cuppy and asked for chocolate milk. I said, “Do you want to know how we make chocolate milk?” (He said no, but I forged ahead).
So I sat him down in front of the fridge and got out the chocolate syrup and the milk. I pointed to the chocolate syrup. I said, “This is chocolate.” I poured a small amount in the cup. I said, “This is yucky. Do you want to drink this?” (This could have gone badly, but thankfully, he said no.) Then I opened the milk. He started to whine, but I continued. I poured the milk into the cuppy and mixed it up. I said, “See? We put in the chocolate and we put in the milk. Now we have chocolate milk!”
There was a pause. I held my breath in anticipation. Was this the quiet before the storm? Would he hurl the cup out of my hands and throw himself to the ground screaming?
Suddenly, he broke out in a huge grin, and said, “Mama! Chocolate milk is like chocolate milk!” He took the cup and drank it all happily down.
Now if I can just figure out how to get him to drink it without the chocolate again.