The other day we all went out to dinner. When we got home D wanted a snack (cookies or chips). He had already had a cookie and chips earlier, and he was just getting over stomach issues a couple of days prior. I didn't want any stomach problems that night (i.e. throwing up). Sometimes he can break me down and I change my mind, but not this time.
D: Mom, I want a snack. Can I have a cookie?
Me: You've already had enough snacks and you just ate dinner.
D: I'm still hungry. How about some chips?
Me: I said you've already had enough snacks.
D: Mom, I'm still huuungry.
Me: silence (deciding not to get entagled in a never ending back & forth)
D: I'm still...
Me: Ohhh...you know what? You can have a snack! How about some broccoli? (I really wasn't being facetious...he hadn't had a green veggie at all that day. And if he's really hungry...?)
D: Ok, how about broccoli and some chips?
Me: Your choice is broccoli.
D: Mom, I said I'll eat the broccoli but broccoli with something else.
Me: Broccoli or nothing.
D: How about broccoli and...
Me: Broccoli only.
D: (after a few minutes, realizing I wasn't going to change my mind) OK, I'll just have broccoli. But can you make it on the stove?
(I prefer making broccoli in the oven with a little olive oil and sea salt and it's sooo good that way. D doesn't like it because sometimes it gets a little brown on the edges.)
Me: Ok, broccoli it is.
He ate it all and even asked for more :).