Me: Thalia, you have to eat this piece of pizza. It's so teeny - it's not really even a piece, it's like a quarter of a piece. It's three bites. Come on, eat it please.

Thalia: I don't like pizza.

Me: What? You're a communist. All American kids like pizza. It's like the law. You're crazy.

Thalia: I don't like it.

Me: So what do you like?

Thalia: Rice.

Me: And what else?

Thalia: Milk.

Me: And what else?

Thalia: Cake.

Me: Rice, milk, and cake. That's what you like. Anything else?

Thalia: I will eat the pizza. But only with no cheese. And no sauce.

Me: So you just want the crust?

Thalia: No, I don't like the crust.

Me: So no pizza, then.

Thalia: No.

Me: Outstanding.


Blogger Backpacking Dad said...

Rice + milk + cake=French, Russian, and Chinese peasant food. So, yeah. Communist for sure.

9/27/08, 3:44 PM  
Anonymous WaltzInExile said...

Pretty sure all kids that age are communist dictators...

9/27/08, 3:58 PM  
Blogger Seeryus Mama said...

Take out the rice and add chicken nuggets instead and you've got my son. LOL...

9/27/08, 4:15 PM  
Blogger Marinka said...

I wonder what John McCain will see when he looks into Thalia's eyes.

9/27/08, 4:15 PM  
Anonymous Maya said...

I wonder how Sarah Plain will resolve THIS problem! (sorry, I could not resist that :)) ...

Are 3 year olds like politicians or is it the other way around? Truth can be scary, eh?

9/27/08, 4:43 PM  
Blogger mpotter said...

OMG. i looooove your thalia!!!!
another who doesn't like pizza.

sorry. i know that's not what you were looking for. but i couldn't help myself. i wrote about the same thing on my own blog. i still get called out for not eating pizza.

9/27/08, 5:05 PM  
Blogger Lady M said...

And did that immediate follow an hour of serious wheedling and begging for pizza, only to be followed by its rejection? That is THREE, for sure.

9/27/08, 5:12 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

I can't get Dawson to eat pizza unless I take the crust off. Thalia is too cute. Love the things she says.

9/27/08, 6:59 PM  
Blogger Issas Crazy World said...

Nata takes the cheese off, puts the toppings back on and then eats it up to the crust. She won't eat chicken nuggets or mac and cheese or PB&J. But she will eat sushi. Pre-schoolers are INSANE!!!

9/27/08, 7:02 PM  
Anonymous Motherhood Uncensored said...

Drew refuses to eat Macaroni and Cheese, the staple food of AMERICA. But will gladly eat tofu dipped in miso soup.

Damn that quarter Asian in him.

9/27/08, 7:20 PM  
Blogger Amy@UWM said...

Oh yes. Three. totally. sucks. Totally.

9/27/08, 8:26 PM  
Blogger Manager Mom said...

I had a similar conversation with my son about eating chicken, which ended when he trumped my "all kids like chicken" logic by telling me that he didn't like chicken because it was a dead chicken. Shot by a farmer.

Well played, my son.

I let him eat an all-bread dinner that evening.

9/27/08, 8:44 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

OH! That's funny, but believe it or not........ My 4 year old daughter will NOT eat pizza either. She says it makes her tummy hurt. :(

9/27/08, 9:01 PM  
Blogger kittenpie said...

Yeah, three is the worst. We used to cut pizza into long strips known as trains, but all toppings had to be removed. HEALTHY, no?

9/27/08, 9:04 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Schmitty said...

And pasta...don't forget the plain pasta.

9/27/08, 10:06 PM  
Blogger jessica @pianomomsicle said...

My 19-month-old would not eat the cheesy tater tots, the onion rings, or the mac and cheese from the Asian buffet today. You know what he would eat? The garlic green beans. Almost a whole plate of them. i think he might be communist, too. But he DOES eat pizza, so i'm not too worried. You, on the other hand, well, good luck. :)

9/27/08, 10:19 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Definitely three. My kids would eat a bunch of x one time then the next time I made x would insist they didn't like it and never had. grrrr.

9/28/08, 12:00 AM  
Blogger mothergoosemouse said...

Glad you came to an understanding...one that may very well change tomorrow, of course. Such is three.

9/28/08, 12:45 AM  
Blogger Anissa Mayhew said...

If you figure out a way to make pizza with no cheese, sauce or crust, let us know because chances are it'll also be calorie free and cure stupidity!

9/28/08, 1:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome to the reason my mom had a strict "Take it or Leave it" policy. Of course I was the youngest, so if I wanted to eat, I better do it fast!

9/28/08, 9:32 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

Wishy-washy dictators are my favorite kind!

9/28/08, 9:55 AM  
Blogger Astrogirl426 said...

Your daughter the Communist and my son the Fascist would get along perfectly. He will eat pizza, but will not eat hamburgers (so not American - where's McCarthy when you need him??) or hot dogs (again, un-American), or snowcones, or any candy except chocolate (that part's from me). The "take it or leave it"policy in our house is the only thing saving my sanity. I hear it gets better when they get older - you know, when they get jobs and move out.

9/28/08, 10:38 AM  
Blogger Kyla said...

Yesterday at the Children's Museum I realized KayTar eats absolutely NOTHING they sell in the little mock grocery store. SIGH.

9/28/08, 11:20 AM  
Blogger Stefania/CityMama said...

thalia, you come over here and sit next to auntie stefania. i don't like pizza either and i'm half-italian. so i guess that would make me a pizza-hating fascist. more rice, sweet pea?

9/28/08, 12:10 PM  
Anonymous veep veep said...


remember that commercial for Polly-O? hold the sauce ....

totally reminded me of it.

9/28/08, 4:20 PM  
Blogger chantal said...

Pizza is my favorite. My daughter will not eat anything green. It all started with peas when she was little. She said peas freak her out because she feels like they are staring at her. Peas are green, therefore all green food must be bad. She'e 11 and still won't eat anything green except broccoli.

9/29/08, 6:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Little One yesterday would only eat pickles for lunch. Dill pickles only. No cheese, no eggs, no soup, no toast, no nothing. Pickles.


Luckily her tastes are changing daily, so she'll probably eat anything BUT pickles today.

9/29/08, 9:40 AM  
Anonymous The Yummy Mummy Cooks Gourmet said...

She is absolutely brilliant!

I love how she got you thinking she'd eat the pizza, without actually having to eat any of it's parts.


9/29/08, 12:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think food issues are a source of frustration for every parent hey??

9/29/08, 2:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My little one is almost 3 and she doesn't eat. If she eats a full meal I act like she won the Nobel Peace Prize it's so rare. Then, yesterday, I hit the wall. She finally ate pasta, green beans and fruit at one sitting! I was so proud of her I told her she could have some ice cream because she ate so well. She says, "No thanks, Mama, I'm full." What?! What kid says no to ice cream? And doesn't she know we don't eat because we're hungry, we eat to cover our feelings? What kind of "health nut" am I raising here?

9/29/08, 2:28 PM  
Blogger GIRL'S GONE CHILD said...

Classic. We're in the same boat over here. Dinners are pretty much a total failure unless either A. Ravioli B. Fish Sticks or C. Macaroni and Cheese are served. I keep grinding up vegetables to stick in everything but it's like he KNOWS or something and will not have it. BUT! I have FINALLY found a way to get him to eat his veggies: wheat-grass shots in his Jamba Juice, which is our new after-school snack/activity. Dude eats the ENTIRE smoothie and for whatever reason has never questioned the fact that it now tastes like... uh... wheat grass.

9/29/08, 4:25 PM  
Anonymous bridget in oregon said...

Welcome to my world —for the past nine years. Glad to hear someone else in the room.

I wish I could tell you it gets better but so far I can't. *sob*

9/29/08, 4:53 PM  
Anonymous Fay Kelly said...

Hey, seriously folks, Dr. Sears says to give your child a choice. A great tip: use muffin tins and fill each one with a different veggie or healthy food--one with peas, one with cheese, finger stuff.

Oh, and in my experience kids are dippers. Give Thalia hummus or guac or mashed potatoes. She'll have a ball.

Thanks for the laughs! Love your blog.

9/29/08, 4:58 PM  
Blogger Mom101 said...

Fay, you do realize that if Dr Sears tells me to do something I do the opposite, right? Like if he's like "cocaine is bad for you!" I'm signing up for a kilo.

Thalia won't eat hummus or guac or mashed potatoes but she does like to dip ketchup. She'll dip a chicken nugget in ketchup and just eat the ketchup off it.


9/29/08, 5:09 PM  
Anonymous anna said...

What kind of cake? Maybe she only likes white food. But yeah, totally communist. Or Republican, maybe. Something.

9/29/08, 9:32 PM  
Blogger yes, i am the real mom said...

haha! My boy is only 18 months old...but he is totally headed down the communist path. He loves to eat ketchup...by licking the ketchup off everything. Or eating ONLY the ketchup!

totally agree with you about Dr. Sears...i do the opposite every time.

9/29/08, 10:21 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

My 3 yr old TELLS me she likes things, but then refuses to eat them when I give them to her. She eats hot dogs (cheese hot dogs, to be exact), mac & cheese, chicken nuggets, fruit, and junk food (Daddy sneaks it in more than I realized). Needless to say she ends up eating fruit A LOT!
Her 21 mo. old sister, on the other hand? Have only found one thing she'll not eat- cake. She eats frosting and wants more, but no cake for her!
Some days I just go in the bathroom, let out a great big scream, and then beg her again to eat more!

9/30/08, 10:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pizza is the coolest.

9/30/08, 11:33 AM  
Blogger the mama bird diaries said...

I spent months trying to convince my daughter Dylan to eat pizza. Every birthday party, she wouldn't even touch it. Just waited patiently for that cake. But suddenly, she turned 4 and started digging the pizza.

So there is still hope!

9/30/08, 12:58 PM  
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9/30/08, 5:49 PM  
Blogger Jaelithe said...

I am so familiar with this story.

Remind my not to let our children marry. They would likely produce a child who only eats stardust collected by unicorns.

9/30/08, 5:52 PM  
Blogger Petra said...

This sounds exactly like a conversation I would have with my son. What is with these children that won't eat anything except what is on their approved foods list for the day--ARGH!

9/30/08, 8:39 PM  
Blogger carrie said...

And now, I would like some rice pudding please! Thanks Thalia!

Their logic, it astounds me.

9/30/08, 9:29 PM  
Blogger susan said...

My son is also three. This morning for breakfast he would only have a popsicle. He was offered lots of other breakfast food, but none would do. *sigh* I'm sure he was lots of fun at preschool.:)

9/30/08, 10:38 PM  
Blogger Eileen said...

My 3 year old will only eat pizza if I cut the point off the end

10/1/08, 1:53 PM  
Blogger sandy said...

For a long time the Peanut was kind of a pill about eating anything but pasta and pizza. She would eat other things, but it took foreeeevvvvveeeeerrrrrrr.

One morning after a long dinner battle the night before, I said to her: "Peanut, what do you like besides pizza and pasta?"

She thought for what seemed a longish time, for a three year-old. And she finally said, "I like sauce, and cheese."


10/1/08, 3:29 PM  
Anonymous beyond said...

ha! at least she's not eating only certain colored foods...

10/1/08, 6:22 PM  
Anonymous Expat Mom said...

My 2.5 year old had half a lime for lunch yesterday. His supper was a glass of water. I really have no idea how they survive to 4.

10/3/08, 2:00 PM  
Blogger Elisa said...

Thalia is holarious. But seriously, she doesn't like pizza? What is it with rice? Why do kids like plain rice? It's so boring. Now cake... there, I see her point :-)

10/24/08, 3:27 PM  

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