A snapshot of parenting Jake:
Jake, let's do Sonic for dinner. What do you want?
Nothing. I'm not hungry.
But you like tater tots. Do you want some tater tots? And the chicken is good.
I liked popcorn chicken. They don't have it any more.
Jake, the chicken strips taste just like the popcorn chicken did.
Yeah, but they're the wrong shape.
But it tastes the same!!!
I don't care. It's the wrong shape.
*I proceed to order a chicken strips meal with tots for myself.*
*We arrive home.*
*Jake eyes my food.*
Hey, what are you gonna do with those tots?
Here, Jake, you may have them.
(am labelling this in the "autism" category because his refusal to eat food that is the "wrong shape" is an example of rigid thinking that can accompany autism.)