Meal times with a 3-year-old can be quite an exercise in negotiation. I know how much he's going to eat on average, so I offer a portion which is likely to fulfill the twin goals of happy customer, and no waste.
- "But I want a big portion!!"
- "When you've eaten that, you can have more - look, there's heaps in the pot. You can have as much as you can eat, I just don't want wasted food left on your plate."
- "No but I want more now!!"
And suddenly, I remember having this conversation in a completely different context. Maybe he'll be a business analyst ...