For this assignment, you will be writing a letter compelling a friend or family

For this assignment, you will be writing a letter compelling a friend or family member to change either a behavior or a belief with which you disagree. Choose your own topic, but for example, this letter could petition an enthusiastic neighbor to scale down his blinding Christmas decorations, an immature cousin to take a gap year between high school and college, a grandparent to vote to pass the new school district budget, a friend to stop drinking, or a spouse to reconcile with an estranged sibling. Because the letter will be written to an individual of your choosing, you must tailor your language and logic to the person to whom you are writing.
Lianet Bello
The Persuasive Letter
18 May 2022
Dear Husband,
I’m writing this letter because I feel we must have a conversation on something that sits heavy on my heart. I want to talk to you about the way you discipline our kids when they refuse to eat. First off, I want to start by saying that you are an amazing dad. Simply a one in a million type of dad. This is because as a father you work alongside me to bathe the kids, cook them dinner, feed them, put them down when it’s bed time, play with them, change diapers, wash their clothes, and you are always present when they need you. With all that being said, there’s only one little thing that you do that I don’t agree with and that’s the way you discipline them for not wanting to eat. I know deep down you mean well, but taking away their food and forcing them to bed in a domineering manner that always ends in them crying until they fall asleep is not the way to do it. Although, I believe you are the best father, I do not agree with the way you bully our children to eat their food because there are other ways to encourage children to eat.
I’m well aware that growing up in another country with barely any food to eat was hard, but you shouldn’t cast your own food traumas on to our children. You have told me multiple times that growing up you ate what was given to you to eat because there was nothing else. That there was no candy, no snacks, no chips, and that there was never any food that you actually craved to eat. You have also explained that it wasn’t because your parents were bad and wouldn’t give you the foods you wanted, it was because living in a communist country that’s how it was. I don’t feel like you force them to eat to be mean to them, I know you do it because you want them to try the variety of foods you were never able to eat until you came to the United States at an adult age. I see things very differently though. There are other way to get toddler aged children to eat that does not involve forcing them to eat or punishing them when they don’t want to eat. I think that is a very harsh punishment for a toddler. The pediatrician has even stated that toddlers only really need two good meals a day and that they won’t starve if they miss a meal. She has stated that toddlers go through different eating phases and that it’s normal for them to not want to eat sometimes. I mean who better than a doctor to give us facts about toddler eating habits. I’m not opposed to putting them to bed if they don’t want to eat if it’s dinner because regardless after dinner they will have to go to bed. What I don’t agree with is the way you go about doing it. There is no need to have kids yelling and screaming until they are too tired and end up falling asleep because you have punished them and treated them poorly. To me, better ways to go about a toddler not eating is giving them the option to try at least one bite of everything in their plate and then they are done with dinner, skipping dinner all together if they don’t want to eat but not offering other foods either, or accepting the fact that sometimes they just don’t want to eat. You will get further with children by treating them nicely than by bullying them into doing things they don’t want to. Because toddlers are just learning everything around them, they need a little bit of grace sometimes too. Sometimes as adults we don’t want dinner either and we don’t have people shoving food down our throats. How would we feel if someone was making us eat against our will and if we refused they would make us do something we don’t want to do? Even if they are toddlers they are human beings too who deserve the same amount of respect and dignity as an adult. My belief is that they should have the right to refuse things just like we have the right to refuse things.
In conclusion, I don’t doubt for a minute your attentiveness and your love as a father, I just don’t agree with the way you want to teach our children to eat every type of food. I know it all stems from your own childhood traumas, but as parents we need to defeat our own giants because these little humans don’t deserve to also carry these traumas. I think if we work together to figure out other ways to teach them healthy eating styles in the long run it’ll be better for them. It’ll all be alright if once in a while they don’t want to have dinner because the pediatrician has assured us that toddlers go through all of these different phases of eating.

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