the scene: dining table.
elle has eaten her breakfast & now wants to mooch off the closest sucker. she chooses daddy.
elle, sitting on daddy's lap: "bite. cereal!" (he's eating raisin bran, by the way...what 2 year old likes raisin bran?)
mommy & daddy, in unison: "what do you say?"
elle: "bite, please" (she gets her bite)
mommy: "elle, what do you say when you get what you've asked for?"
elle: "more, please".
i suppose that's one way of approaching it. although, i was hoping for "thank you", which we eventually got.
this right here is why i'm considering eating in secrecy.