This is a good lead-in for the next point, No Pressure. I do mention this because with the previous example it may seem like a bit of pressure. I usually only use Green Eggs and Ham when we are trying something new. That said, I will not force or overly pressure the kids to eat anything at all or clean their plates. If my son says he doesn’t want to eat something, I say that’s your choice, but this is dinner and this is what we are eating. He may eat a portion of something and leave his meat or only eat broccoli, which is fine too. Last night this very thing happened when we were eating at my parent’s house. My mom made pork tenderloin, baked potatoes, broccoli and bought a small watermelon for the kids–it’s the middle of winter so I’m not sure how she found one of those! Declan ate 2 small wedges of watermelon, one piece of broccoli, refused potatoes, and ate no pork. I said, “that’s fine, you don’t have to eat if you aren’t hungry.” So he got up from the table and played in the other room. I kid you not, 3 minutes later he walked back in the kitchen, got in his seat and started eating the pork on his plate as well as 2 more pieces of watermelon.