I want it warm AND cold!
"Eeeeew, what is thaaat?!?"
"It looks like a yucky puddle and smells like a dragon's toot, I can't possibly put that in my mouth!"
Bud, that's not an appropriate dinner conversation. Spinach is healthy and it grows your muscles big.
"Mine are already big, see?" (flexing).
And so it goes. Dinner shenanigans with dramatic display of food avoidance, which includes, but it is not limited to...fake vomiting, fainting or sudden illness. If lucky, most of the food containing spirulina, remains on the plate and or/around the protesters mouth, ears and his hair (fingers crossed some makes it to the tummy as well). Other, less favorable possibilities to show the menu disapproval, are food across the table, on the freshly cleaned rug and yes, even on the walls. How exciting!
So Bud, what would you like to eat?
"Warm and cold soup made with gummy bears and chocolate milk."
Is that so?
"Yes. And four pounds of strawberry cake cooked at 1000F and topped off with ice cubes."
Holding back laughter, partially because the recipes are grossly interesting and partially out of despair, in that moment most of us pull out tricks we learned from parenting books. "Only kids who finish their dinner have magical dreams" or "My energy for reading story time expires in five minutes...the plate better be clear if you would like to hear what happens to the moon." Sometimes the clever little mischiefs can be persuaded to cooperate if they believe that eating an "appalling" meal is their idea. Other times it is good to have a glass of wine ready for the aftermath. Often, however, it is the imaginary friend that can come to the rescue and help turning the battle ground into a smooth sailing.
Kalham and similar friends are invaluable companions fueling the imagination of our children. The greatest gift given to the little ones is to teach them how to read. As Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis said..."There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all."