It's no secret that there's a battle raging in our house.
Tip #4: Encourage them to eat their veggies. Oh. Is that what's it called? Encouragement? I've done everything from singing "Party in my Tummy" to ignoring his avoidance to telling horror stories to explaining how big and strong he'll grow from eating his veggies. At one point, my lovely son looked at me and said, "Then I want to be little."
Tip #5: Be a role model. Chad and I eat our veggies. Every time. We even talk about how delicious they are. But he's on to us.
Tip #6: Teach them to read labels. Well, he can't read, but I have managed to instill a fear of HFCS. Maybe that's a baby step?
Tip #7: Let them help you shop. Is this woman a mother? Does she not realize that taking two children shopping with you should be deemed illegal under anti-torture regulations? Has she ever walked an entire store with a little boy saying, "Can I have...." even when we're walking past charcoal briquettes? Has she ever had a baby in the cart tossing all the contents of her purse onto the ground? Has she ever tried to read nutritional information, attach a coupon and compare prices while the man behind the butcher's counter ask if her son's been tested for ADHD?
For the record, I have taken my children shopping. And Joseph still doesn't eat his veggies.
I'll keep searching. And trying. And one day, as God is my witness, I'll prevail.
*Cue Gone with the Wind orchestration*
Mandy Dawson is a wife and mother of two living on the beautiful Central Coast of California. While she's not scanning the internet for the Rosetta Stone of Children's Eating Habits, she can be found blogging at http://inmandyland.blogspot.
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