A Fine Line

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I was washing the dishes the other night and had a thought--where do you draw the line between catering to picky children and doing nice things for them?

I was washing the pizza pans, which is where the question came from. When I make pizza, I usually make two pizzas, one for the kids and one for the grown-ups. Frugalboy, who is 9, has learned that he likes lots of meat on his pizza but no veggies (unless it is very finely chopped onion). Frugalgirl1 prefers all-cheese pizza, but will tolerate pepperoni, ham, and black olives. Frugalgirl 2 is less picky, and will eat anything the older two will eat. Frugalgirl3 will eat any pizza that has at least one topping she likes (and she doesn't care what else is on there, as well) and her favorites are black olives, pepperoni, and pineapple.

It is getting harder to make a kids' pizza to make everyone happy. On this particular occasion I made the pizza with half cheese, half 3-meat (it was ham, pepperoni, and sausage). When it was time to eat, Frugalgirl1, of course, chose cheese, and Frugalgirl2 chose 3-meat. She was extra-hungry, and ate 3 pieces (1/4 of the pizza) before I stopped her so there would be some left for Frugalboy (who wasn't home at the time but would still need dinner) Frugalgirl1 only ate one piece of cheese pizza before she was full. Which left a lot of cheese pizza leftovers. I'm happy to make cheese pizza for her, but it gets harder to use the leftovers if they aren't everyone's favorite kind.

So my question is, at what point am I catering to a picky child instead of being nice to make sure everyone gets his/her favorite kind of pizza?

I realize I can make a pizza that is 1/4 cheese, 3/4 other things, but inevitably, that will be the night that Frugalgirl2 decides she only wants cheese pizza. I'd rather avoid fights/whining/tears than mediate. So where is the line?

Discuss.

(are you old enough to remember Coffee Talk from Saturday Night Live?)