You know the classic problem when you give each kid a piece of cake, or a cookie, or whatever, and they scrutinize to see who got the bigger piece? My brother and I drove my mother crazy with that, to the point that I think I remember the wooden spoon being deployed.
now and again my husband will lean down to carefully pour our glasses
of wine to make sure we get the same amount, and I will invariably
remark "we're spouses, dear, not siblings."
I would have gotten out of that whole mess by having only one child, or
at least, only one who eats solid food. So what kind of Bad Mommy
actually encourages it? Friday night is family pizza and movie night,
and we make our own pizza by using the breadmaker to make the dough,
then patting it out on a cookie sheet. Many Friday night dinner
conversations revolve around how to cut a rectangular pizza into three
equal pieces, where the amount of crust each person gets is also fair.
From then until the end of the meal we got to debate how to mark
the pizza for ease of cutting... my son favoured burning it right onto
the cookie sheet, while I think my husband was leaning towards marking
the pizza while raw with cilantro. Sometimes making something fair can
be deeply satisfying.
P.S. If you really need to know the solution, for
our 12" by 18" cookie sheet the solution is laid out in the picture.
All cuts originate from the centre of the pizza. The cut represented by
the pen ends 6" up from the nearest corner. Rotate to the left and
make the cut represented by the first pencil 8" along that side; then
the final cut is just 2" short of its nearest corner. Each person gets
72 sq. in. of pizza and 20 in. of crust.