Help! I can't get my 5 yr old to understand that we eat dinner as a family, and that means eating the family meal. He always balks at what is being served even when he's never tried it before. He declares before dinner has started that he is not going to eat 'that' food. Our meals are not unusual in any way. We have tasty dinners: pork chops, baked chicken, stew, etc. He wants me to get him something special, and he usually asks for junk. I have never given into his requests. I am standing firm because I thought eventually it would sink in and he would eat with us. However, I'm starting to doubt myself. This has become such a struggle that I dread dinner time because I know it's going to become this tug of war. Am I doing more harm that good? Should I just make him something I know he won't complain about?