When I served him Chicken Alfredo:
"I can't eat this. I'm allergic to this. [poignant pause] Seriously."
When I cut up his brat and put it on his plate, (because last time I served it to him on a bun he didn't touch it):
"I'm not eating this. It's brown. Brown means it's old and gross."
When I served him a pork chop:
"There's something wrong with this chicken. I'm not eating it."
In the interest of developing at least rudimentary table manners, he's not allowed to say the food we serve is "gross" and "old", or announce that he's not eating, without some consequences. He's beginning to learn to withhold his colorful statements. Sorta. Sometimes.
Regarding things he will willingly ingest, he's discovered his new favorite drink is "Root Beard". But he's only allowed to drink soda about once a year, so he better find a few other things to sustain him. Right now, breakfast is providing the bulk of his nutrition. (Does breakfast cereal even contain any nutrients? Questionable.)
Look at those big, brown, puppy dog eyes...that pouty, quivering lip.
A person untrained to deal with such weapons might break down and comply with his request to serve him a peanut butter and jelly sandwich at each and every meal.
Luckily, I am well acquainted with the tactics of five-year-old mealtime warfare, and hardened to the influence of the puppy dog eyes.
Over in Japan, there is another family waging this war against an astoundingly belligerent 3 year-old. We elder forces must bind together in these trying times. We feel your pain.
(Oh, and try the whole wheat cereals fortified with vitamins and minerals, such as Oatmeal Squares--they're really tasty too and help me feel like he's actually getting SOME nutrition.)
I would crack.
Bailey loves to drink Root Beer too! She finally learned to call it by it's right name... when we would go out to eat she would start demanding to have her BEER!!! We got some dirty looks:)
I seriously know of a family whose 3 year old little boy ONLY ate PB&J sandwiches for every meal. The pediatricians said that is fine since there is nutrients and at least he was eating. I felt sorry for them though.
HOPE: The boy is now 18 and has a wide variety of food interests! Ha ha!
My daughter liked to call it "root deer."
I love this post my 4 yr old is really good at it.