This past week we had another glimpse of Cooper approaching the "terrible twos". Before dinner one night, Grace re-discovered her Halloween candy and asked if she could have a piece. I replied that they could each have a piece for dessert after they had eaten their dinners. We were having chicken, asparagus and stuffing which everyone likes. About half way through dinner Cooper started begging for "candeeee". We told him he had to eat his chicken and then he could have is "dirt". When he wouldn't feed himself, Jason picked up the fork and tried to feed him. Cooper was having none of that and hit the fork away. When we told him that was not acceptable and we don't hit things, he looked at Jason and screamed "NO DADDY". That was it, I scooped him up, took him into the family room and explained that he needed to sit there and he could come back to the table in a minute when he was ready to eat.
Cooper did not like that at all and immediately started apologizing. After about 30 seconds (which felt like an eternity) I asked him if he was ready to eat at the table like a big boy. He was. Once he sat down he didn't want to eat his chicken because he "no like it". When we reminded him no dessert unless you eat your dinner he stuffed every last piece in his mouth and finished the plate.
I didn't mind that he wasn't eating his dinner but I did mind the total disrespect for table manners.