If I have to say “pick up your fork and eat,” one more time I might burst. I try to make a balanced dinner. I try to give each child something they like without becoming a short-order cook. But when they all have a plate of all foods they like, why aren’t they eating it? Why do I have to tell them to eat? It’s a simple concept. It’s dinner time, there is food on a plate in front of you, we just said Grace, now eat. It’s no different from the night before. I have started to dispise dinner time, which basically sucks because I love to cook, I love food, and I love spending time with my family. How do I fix this? Must I tell them every night that “No. Mommy is not putting her computer on the table so you can watch Dino Dan or Kung Fu Panda.” It’s just exhausting. I know they will probably grow out of this and will be eating me out of house and home, but all I want is just one night where I don’t have to tell them to eat, they just do it.