I'm a big believer of only cooking one meal. And, while my lovely boy is very thoughtful, helpful, polite (thank you, please, I'm sorry, I love you, etc.) - when it comes to dinner he turns into the world's biggest BRAT. He's two, and is clearly hungry - but he won't even try dinner. He gets down from the dinner table and we plead with him to try his food. The melt downs of this past week in particular nearly have ME in tears. I'm even trying the sneaky chef recipes (not proud, and - exhausted in the extra steps this takes) so that he thinks they are kid-recipes. Without allowing this craziness to continue, and without force feeding him, other suggestions? Up until 18-months he was a great eater. Now he's a great eater for everyone but us. He's 26 months. Also, just because I need to vent - when my kid goes to bed hungry, do you know how freaking long that bedtime routine is? 2+ HOURS. And, do you know how much earlier he's going to wake up tomorrow because he's hungry? UGH! I even tried to bribe - eat just 3 bites and we can share a popcicle. He hears popcicle and runs excitedly to the table. He doesn't understand the compromise of it all. So, after reiterating the 3-bite rule, I had to peel him off the floor because he was beating his head against the tile. I'm exhausted. And, after pinning his butt down for 2 1/2 hours - and getting this off my chest: time to crack open the VPN and go another sleepless night because I have work to do. I need a vacation from me right now.