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Dinner Time With Kids, Told in Gifs

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It's about 5 p.m. and my kids are all over me, claiming they are hungry.

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So, I'm like, "Let's help mom make dinner!" Because I want to teach them life skills and I'm trying to be a good mom.

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But then, when they actually start "helping me," I'm all ...

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So, I sit them down for dinner and everyone is happy: " Yay, macaroni and cheese!"

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But then, it hits them: the realization that they have to eat.

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I make the mistake of saying, "Eat up kids, I made your favorite!" And my 2-year-old is all...

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And my 4-year-old is all...

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Because apparently, after begging to eat macaroni and cheese, my children actually have this reaction to the meal before them:

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Macaroni and cheese? How dare I make that food for them? Clearly, I am a horrible parent. My children respond with fire power.

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I start threatening and my kids start yelling.

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And my husband shoves food in his mouth and says nothing.

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My daughter claims she never wanted macaroni and cheese and that she finds it "too yucky." So, I lay down the law.

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Finally, My husband mentions ice cream—and that gets their attention.

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They eat, but they are not happy.

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And all I want to eat is ice cream now, so I tell them two more bites, and they realize they have won.

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When my kids are silently eating ice cream, my husband asks me about my day.

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There is a lot of advice out there about how to make your kids eat. Let me tell you, it is all garbage. At the end of the day, when it comes to dinner time, there is only one rule:

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