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Cookies. They Are What's for Lunch

Posted by Kristen on August 27, 2009 at 7:04 AM in EatingWorking Parents
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You ever have one of those days when you can't get anything done even though you are trying to just get one thing done? Before you know it, your children have the Costco-sized tub of animal crackers under the dining room table and you don't even care. You relieve your guilt with the memory that they are ORGANIC animal crackers and they really don't have very much sugar in them. Of course a serving size is probably 6 or 7 cookies and your kids cruised through that number at 9:45 this morning. It's now 2:50.
You remembered to offer them lunch but you didn't crack the whip when they turned a lunch option down. I too would like grilled cheese sandwiches but somehow we ran out of bread. It seems slightly INSANE to wake the baby up just to go to the store to get some bread. Corn tortillas with peanut butter and jelly for anyone that can stomach them!! At 3:30!! Of course there is nothing for dinner either but that is hours away. You really have to get these documents proofed before sending them to the printer. Four business days for proofing, seven business days for printing and you are right on the edge of the $100 rush charge.

Suddenly it's dinner time and Dad is home and I did clean the kitchen but the house looks like it was the victim of a classroom full of rookie cops on their first search warrant. I sat down beside Nate at the counter and offered him a lovely bowl of pork, rice and beans. He ate the first ten bites before he went all crazy demanding his milk. Then he refused to eat anymore.

This picture? His passive resistance. It was awesome. I wish I could fit my entire body on the top of a stool.

As a parent, do you ever to that calculation of how many bites equals enough nutrition to get your child through another day?


Jess writes...

Oh, yes, it's days like that when I call up my mental recording of our pediatrician telling me it's not really what they eat in a meal or a day that matters, but how it all averages out across a week or so. Someday we will have a day of nothing but carrots. Or so I tell myself.

Somebody warned me - not until I was pregnant, natch - that the 3rd child is where TSHTF. Nothing could be truer. Every day it's like wading upstream against the James the Hampton-Roads Bridge-Tunnel. How do I gauge success? Are the kids in one piece? Is the house still standing?

Amber writes...

My child lives on yogurt. But I've decided it's made of milk which is what baby cows drink, and look how healthy and strong they are! So I give her the occasional banana and try not to worry too much. I'm hoping that she will eventually outgrow it, and in the meantime I've lost the will to argue (much).

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