I live on a tight budget, but from time to time I splurge ($2-4) on a little slice of really good cheese. The other day I was savoring a sliver of yumminess when Lorelei asked me for some. At first I said no because she's been a little off cheese lately, but then she said the magic word, "Peeeeeeez!"
Needless to say, I caved. I gave her a morsel which she immediately spit out and handed back to me.
My response? "Nope. No Way. Huh Uh! You asked for it, you're going to eat it." At this point I gave her two options, "Eat it or Time Out."
She thought about it for a moment then reluctantly ate it. Yes friends, she loved it and asked for more.
The moral of the story? It's never too early to teach your kids that food, like their toys, has value and is not to be wasted.