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Don’t Miss Out (Part 2)

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Don’t Miss Out (Part 2)

Monkey was having a hard time finishing her dinner. Every time she got up from the table, I got to eat another piece of her desert (cheese). Once I ate all her cheese, I no longer had any power to motivate her to finish eating.

So I came up with a plan and explained to her a few times: I’m setting a timer for 10 minutes. When the timer goes beep-beep-beep, it’s bath time. Lioness will be taking a bath, because she finished her dinner. If you finish your dinner, you can take a bath too. If you haven’t finished eating, then you can eat while Lioness takes a bath.

I stopped nagging her about eating dinner. When the timer went off, I was confused. Am I cooking something? Oh, that’s right, it’s Baby’s bath time.

I took the baby upstairs and told Monkey to finish eating her dinner. I offered to close the baby gate if that would help Monkey stay downstairs. She pleaded with me to leave the gate open, as she ran to the table to finish her dinner.

2 minutes later, she was in the bathroom with a mouth full of food. There is no way she ate everything that fast. “No Monkey, you need to sit at the table and get all our food in your tummy before bath.”

She went back downstairs and I had plenty of time to wash the baby, dry her off, and get her PJs on before Monkey came back. Monkey was very disappointed to discover she had missed out on bath with sister. And I was disappointed to find out she still hadn’t finished her dinner.


Did I mention she helped herself to fruit leather? That’s her night-night snack (if she finishes dinner). She couldn’t get the wrapper off, so she came to me for help. I opened it and ate it. You didn’t finish your dinner, kid.

By now it was bed time, so I tried a 10 minutes of “miss-out” time again. Monkey had to sit quietly in her room while I put the baby in bed and cleaned the kitchen. Then when the timer went off, she could have cuddled time with Mama. It worked beautifully! She was acting pretty wild, so this way she calmed down before cuddle time. She didn’t touch her toys or anything, because she was afraid if she “hassled Mama” during her miss-out time, she would miss-out on cuddle time. Sweet! 

Becky is wife to Duane, mama to "Monkey-girl" and baby "Lioness" aka "PipSqueek." She is the administrative powerhouse for YWAM Bend and keeps our team grounded and organized. Her hope is to inspire and encourage other mamas in their journey to raise healthy, thriving families.
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