It all began with brown sugar.
The kid wanted one-quarter of a cup of brown sugar in his oatmeal.
Sixteen servings, according to the package.
Almost fifty grams of sugar.
In his cereal.
I insisted that he reduce that amount and, if he still wanted sweetener, to use some fruit.
Yeah, that went over well.
I wasn’t rude in my actions. But, as he escalated, so did I.