Your kids want crackers. Then peanut butter. Then apples, candy, pretzel, cereal. In that order and right away. Obviously they’re hungry, but if you listen to each of their demands, you’ll have food sitting all over the place because they’ll take one bite each and leave the rest.
For me, a tablespoon of peanut butter is the appropriate amount of dip for six little graham cracker squares. Not so for a four year old.
I also have bowls of lonely dry cereal and salty snacks strewn about my house.