‘But daddy, if I eat all of my dinner I’ll end up fat like you’

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Sometimes the bitter truth is hard to swallow.

Molly is seven and Jack is three and both deliver classic lines that instantly raise a titter.

Sadly, there are only a few fledgling years when you can honestly speak your mind, without fear of offending.

In the raging and seemingly endless war of pleading with offspring to eat all of their dinner, events took an unexpected twist this week when Jack professed: ‘But daddy, if I eat all of my dinner then I’ll end up fat like you…and I don’t want that.’

Brutal.

Of course, the innocence and honesty of children is to be admired and enjoyed – although not as much as the left-over fish finger and waffle delight.