I've done what all the books say to do: introduce her to new foods and textures, make her a part of the cooking and shopping. I don't make her special meals. She eats with us and if she won't eat, there is no snack or dessert waiting to appease her empty stomach. This morning, after she threw her bowl of oatmeal to the floor (a meal she requested), I made her pick it up and put it in the sink.
"I want a cookie," she said.
"I so hungry."
"You should have thought about that before you threw your food. Now, there is nothing to eat until lunch. Good luck."
"I SO HUNGRY!"
"I DON'T WANNA STARB!*"
At this point, I know enough to walk away. Reasoning with a toddler is like giving Iran the bomb. They could not know how to use them and we will all be fine. Or they could burn us all to the ground. It's not something you want to risk. Walk away.
Oh how I can understand where the author is coming from! Is your 2/3 yr old a picky eater? How do you deal with the pickiness?