So I’m a few weeks out from deploying to Iraq. Guess how I choose to spend my last few weeks with my kids: fighting about food. We’re on day four of my oldest’s hunger strike. She has to eat at least one bite of the food we put in front of her or she doesn’t eat.

She’s opted not to eat. The thing is, she’s soo stubborn. I honestly think I might lose this battle, but I’m afraid if I cave in now that I’ve started, it will be over for the rest of her life.

Anyone got any tips? I’d love to break this stalemate and get back to enjoying our time together. My biggest worry is that I’ll die in Iraq and my daughter will remember me as the evil mommy who tried to make her eat pizza (yes, the child won’t even eat pizza!)

Suggestions welcome!