Like 0.01% of all kids (but 99.99% of all desi ones), Katya is notorious for not finishing her food at lunch time. Various tried and tested methods – especially those that worked with Baab – fail miserably with Katya. Scenes like the following are normal:
Mom: Katya, why didn’t you eat your lunch?
Katya: Because lunch time was over!
M: How about the olives?
K: Uh uh. (followed in a high-pitched whine) You didn’t put chocolate milk for me.
M: Only if you finish your lunch. You’ve got to finish today’s lunch at home before you can have anything else.
K (on reaching home): I want a pop-tart.
M: Only after you finish your lunch.
After a few minutes …
K (to me): Can I watch TV?
I (can-ning my obvious response – You can, but you may not – which would obviously serve no useful purpose): OK, go ahead.
After a few more minutes …
I (hoping I have earned enough good-parent credits): Katya, how about a hug for me?
K: Only after I finish my lunch!!
My face = a mastercard moment!