We have a new food policy in our house. I instituted it today after another grueling meal with the brunette twin. She sat at the table making faces, whining, and generally trying not to eat her dinner. She kept asking "can I be done now?" After a few times, I screamed, "YES, YOU ARE DONE." I dragged her from the table and put her on time out on the couch. Then I took her mashed potatoes and cheese bowl away from the table. Now she's crying, "I'm hungry. I want to eat more." I said, "No. You want to be done. You are done."
The new policy is when you ask if you can be done, you are done. You must leave the table and I throw away your food. Hungry? Not my problem. I am soooooo completely tired of the food fight with the brunette twin. She eats something one night, but not the next time I serve it. We sit in a restaurant begging her to eat macaroni and cheese because she doesn't like the noodles. We don't ask her to eat liver and onions. This is basic toddler food. From now on if she doesn't want to eat, she doesn't have to. I'm tired of fighting with her. If she'd rather be hungry than eat a certain kind of noodle in her macaroni and cheese, so be it.