On Mon, 25 Jul 2005 13:03:50 -0700, [email protected]enepages.org (serene) wrote: >I never force children to eat anything they don't like. Not even a >little bit. I think it's unnecessary. No one gets to force me to eat, >and my kids grew up whole and healthy just fine without being forced to >eat foods they didn't like. <snip> I only "forced" my kids to eat something if it was the first time they were introduced to a particular food. My daughter would try anything once. My (grade school) son viewed any new food as an attempt on my part to poison him. I can recall not allowing him to eat anything else of the meal before he took at least a *taste* of the new offering. He sometimes sat at table for a loooong time, but eventually hunger would overcome stubborn and he often surprised himself that he liked the new food. In fact, IIRC, there was more than one time that I would set a new dish on the table and his immediate response was a voluble "YUCK!" AAMOF, I distinctly remember poring over a cookbook one afternoon when he strolled into the kitchen, espied what I was reading and immediately sprang to his sister and shrieked, "Kristen! We're having Julia Childe for dinner! Eeewwwww!" Miserable brat. Has a kid of his own now. Am patiently waiting for The Day payback begins. Terry "Squeaks" Pulliam Burd AAC(F)BV66.0748.CA "If the soup had been as hot as the claret, if the claret had been as old as the bird, and if the bird's breasts had been as full as the waitress's, it would have been a very good dinner." -- Duncan Hines To reply, replace "spaminator" with "cox"