Life with a two year old has its ups and downs. They become more independent, which is both a blessing and a curse depending on how you look at it. They are more verbal and can tell you what they want easier-again, blessing and a curse. But the appetite of a toddler is a fight you need a will of steel to win.
This is a normal food conversation with a toddler:
Child: “I want such and such to eat.”
Parent: “OK, have a seat and I will make it.”
Five to ten minutes pass depending on what the food was and you present it to your child thinking they will scarf it down because they ASKED for the item.
Child looks at food, “No, I don’t want that.”
Parent: “But it’s what you asked for. Why don’t you take one bite.”
So playtime commences and the food sits there untouched. You decide that your kid isn’t going to eat it but hey, you’re hungry so you go ahead and help yourself.
Not five seconds after you have the last bite, your child walks in the room and asks for whatever food it was that they wanted nothing to do with before. Cue flip out over missing food. Now you feel bad because you ate your childs food that they wanted so badly, even though they said they didn’t want it.
Toddlers are a special breed. You need wills of steel and the ability to read minds to understand how to live with one. I want NatGeo to make a nature special about toddlers, you can hear the British narrator now-“Observe the young child curiously asking their mother what they are eating. The child must know what the parent has that is so tantalizing. When the parent offers the food item to the child to partake, the child must turn it down. Toddler children only eat on toddler childrens terms.” I would watch the crap out of that show!