Acknowledge that dinnertime will always be a struggle, as she is suspicious of anything except Popeye’s Chicken and will request oatmeal in its absence. Unfortunately for her, Aunt Keke does not run a restaurant and what is served is what she will damn well eat. Naturally, she will cry. Do not be swayed! Speak softly and tenderly to her, working the term “big girl” into a pep talk. Rub her back tenderly and offer to feed her a few bites while she leans lazily inside your lap. This will get you a few more bites. If you need reinforcements to get across the finish line, bring up potato chips, cookies or ice cream. They are excellent bargaining tools. Feel no shame in employing them.
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