Report: Day 5 of Jane-eats-exactly-what-I-make-or-she-doesn’t-eat
I have a tiny, little terror living in my house. It’s not supernatural, paranormal or ghostly, no….it’s a 3 year-old! Parents of 3 year-olds know exactly what I’m talking about. They have the faces of angels and the attitudes of hormonal, out-of-control, 15 year-old teenage girls who date bad boys and give you the finger behind their bedroom door.
I have no doubt that if Jane continues to act like this she will one day be a powerful dictator of some small, third world country. Okay, most likely, not. She will grow out of this phase and move on to a more lovable, adorable portion of her life. But until then, Jane thinks she rules the roost.
To demonstrate her dictatorship, she refuses to eat anything that is not some form of baked snack cracker or chicken nuggets. McDonald’s chicken nuggets. That’s right…I feed my kids McDonald’s. (crickets chirping) I think I hear a lot of judgement in that silence. You can judge me all you want but when your child refuses to eat anything that doesn’t resemble a nugget-shaped piece of chicken, you become desperate. Desperate to feed her. To nourish her.
I used to be desperate. Not so much anymore. I began to realize that Jane was actually committing psychological warfare. She wanted me to think she would waste away to nothing at my incapable, unfit motherly hands.
Then on day 12 of Jane-would-only-eat-Lucky-Charms-morning-noon-and-night, I came across this gold mine of a website, www.superhealthykids.com. Love it, love it, love it. After looking at the recipes and skimming through the pages, I began to feel the cold grip of Jane’s dictatorship loosening from around my neck. I was going to do this. I was going to get her to eat healthy.
So, began my project at the beginning of the week. It has not been an easy journey. Monday’s attempt at a yogurt parfait got a lukewarm reception. Jane didn’t understand why her Cheerios were not swimming in milk but laying out on top of yogurt. She wondered why the yogurt was white instead of the usual blue, pink, orange kind she usually eats and then she asked why in fact she had Cheerios instead of Lucky Charms.
Day 2 and 3 and 4 were not successful either. She told me the smoothie made her throw up while her older sister looked at me like I was a saint of a mother for giving her a milkshake for breakfast.
But, alas, on Day 5, I’ve had success. It came in the form of Pumpkin Waffles!
Not only did Jane eat them, she helped make them too! Here’s the recipe….
- 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 TBL pumpkin pie spice (or 1 tsp each of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg)
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 2/3 cup milk
- 1/4 cup canola oil
Mix the wet ingredients. Mix the dry ingredients. Combine wet into dry and enjoy!!
Jane was a happy customer!