All of the following quotes are real, honest, and verbatim recordings of my very, very, VERY displeased toddler.
Stage 1: Denial
Subject doubles down on his position that he will not do what he has been asked.
"I am not eating this carrot."
Stage 2: Deception
Subject creates a circumstance that justifies his position. When questioned, he will resort to "fibbing".
"I tried a carrot once, Daddy, and I did not like it. I tried it while you were at Cub Scouts.
Stage 3: Delusion
Subject attempts to convince others that all is not as it seems.
"This pork tenderloin is a carrot. It is the only kind of carrot that I like."
Stage 4: Indignation
Subject attempts physical protest of the request.
"Hmmph!" (One carrot hits floor. For our dog Bootsie, this stage has an alternate name: Delight.)
Stage 5: Despair
Subject momentarily looses all capacity for speech.
**No words, but lies face down on the floor.**
Stage 6: Negotiation
Subject has regained powers of speech. Attempts to reach a mutually beneficial compromise.
"How about this, Mommy....I will take just one carrot and put it in my mouth. Then I will take a big drink and swallow it down."
Stage 7: Capitulation
Also known in parenting circles as the elusive "Checkmate".
"Wow, Mommy. That was not so bad."