Dear Annie: I am the grandmother of nine beautiful little grandchildren. Two granddaughters live with their mother and spend weekends with their father, who remarried, and he and his wife are currently residing with me.
Here's the problem: The younger child, who is 5, was petite until recently. Then her mother and stepmother began forcing this little girl to eat more, or she is punished. She is a picky eater and has been known to throw fits about eating, but no child should be forced to eat portions that are so big. She has gained 18 pounds in the past five months.