We have a one bite rule at dinner, they have to try one bite and then if they don't like it they don't have to eat the rest.
By the time I get DS7 dressed and out the door in the morning I have no patience left to argue about food. He was really good till he was about 2... Then it was the socks. Oh, he would not wear socks. He would scream and scream and scream. So he wore sandals all summer, and boots with liners all winter (so I could remove the liners and wash them!) and finally, halfway through kindergarten, after giving the school office the shock of their lives (his feet were cold after playing out at lunch, so they made him go into the office and the secretary, VP, and P all tried to force socks on him. His teacher- who was well aware of his sock issue and it's friends the pants issue and the long sleeves issue, heard the screaming and came running out of the break room and told them he was screaming because he didn't want the socks not because his feet hurt) he suddenly decided that the super soft super stretchy bamboo socks that I always had in his backpack just-in-case-he-changed-his-mind (he liked touching them with his hands) were ok, and he started wearing them. But only those socks.
Till one day they got too fuzzy.
I do have to say though, I never got any more dirty looks from the duty teachers when he wasn't dressed 'appropriately'.
Even my MIL never believed he had a real issue till she tried to get him to wear socks.. And then later the same day, snowpants. "Oh do you mind if I try? He'll do it for me!"
Cue one toddler screaming to the point of throwing up, in utter histerics.
"I believe you now. I'll stay out of this from now on."
I'm only his mother, I can't possibly know my own kid. Nope.
He is getting better as he gets older, he will now wear a few types of socks (currently they have to be thin bamboo or thin cotton with argyle pattern) and he will wear snowpants and zip up his coat AND wear a hoody. YES!!! Now we just have to buy new sweatpants and sweathoodies every month so they're soft and not fuzzy... Thank you walmart, for making that a possibility.