My daughter has done this to me. In the past I would break down and feel sorry for her little hungry self: offering choice after choice until she picked something. She quickly learned that if she said NO, I would keep going until she got what she wanted or something close to it (we never gave in to demands for cookies or sweets).
I'd finally had enough and have stopped giving the choices. I make something I know she has eaten at every meal - it might just be a side dish but there is at least one thing at the meal that I know she has eaten. She can eat as much or as little of anything she wants. But if she doesn't eat, I don't say anything. She can wait until the next meal or scheduled snack time.
Also - if she does eat, I don't say anything. I've found that if I say the dreaded "See, isn't that tasty?" phrase, she will stop eating and say NO! She's even pulled that with chocolate pudding!
at 3:32 PM on May. 19, 2009