Peaks and Valleys

When I was a kid we sat around the table every night and ate what my parents were eating whether we wanted to or not. If we did not want to eat it we sat at the table until it was gone. I can remember my sister sitting there until bedtime. She was strong willed that one…I’m guessing she will feel the wrath of that in the coming years with my sweet little niece lol

 

 

Anyway these practices do not work well in our house. Here is my reason (excuse) why. When we moved back to the area we had 13-month-old twins and I was just pregnant with our third. I was exhausted and driving 2.5 hours a day back and forth to my job. When #3 was born I had three kids under the age of two and all in diapers. So it was basically survival mode from there on out.   As the boys got older and better at eating by PhotoGrid_1512826407321them selves I thought Id be cool mom one day and set up a picnic breakfast in the living room with their favourite movie at the time Toy story. Yessss cool mom for the win! Annnnd backfire. Well they wanted every meal in there and well they were the rulers of the house so that is what happened. They put their little chairs in front of the large coffee table and planted a flag in the middle and called it theirs! Don’t get me wrong. Our dinners were quiet and fulfilling. It was like date night every night. The kids ate whatever they wanted, where they wanted and we obliged. What’s that saying? Don’t rock the boat? Yaaaa…. We didn’t rock the boat for a couple years, like 3…maybe four years. Until one day I announced with authority that we would be having family dinners from here on out! *Stomping foot into the ground like a boss! That went over with PhotoGrid_1512826134335scream, cries and choice words from the children. But persistence pays my friend and now its a lot less like pulling teeth and a lot more like a 30 minute family sitcom with my 3 little clowns lol We made it extra after school special ish by starting ‘Peaks and valleys’ We go around the table and tell the best part of our day and the worst. We have learned so much about our boys and it actually helped us catch a bullying situation before it got too bad when one of the boys ‘valleys’ was about the same kid a couple nights in a row. Communication is key! In every relationship whether it be with your spouse or your children. The boys recently added their spin on family dinners ‘Superheroes and colours’ so we basically talk about superheroes every night. And of course mine is Wonder woman and my favourite colour must be pink! (I hate pink) We’re working on gender stereotypes btw…baby steps.

For the birds…and boys who eat like them

When my twins started eating real food it was organic, handmade, fresh food. I was #supermom and only the best for my little babies! No cheese whiz or hot dogs, don’t you dare give them juice or sugar period! (Laughing to myself) That didn’t last too long. Firstly we had twins so buying organic food that was being thrown on the floor or in the garbage was a waste! I still made everything but they had their fair share of processed food at a young age and it became an acquired taste for the young men. Now our constant rotation of dinners is pizza, chicken nuggets, macaroni, Alpha-getti, pogos and French fries…lunch are cheese whiz or jam wraps and a plethora of prepackaged snacks. I’m not a complete monster, they eat yogurt and cheese faster than I can buy it and I buy applesauce buy the Costco size case. Fruit, though expensive, never lasts long in this house. They have no desire to eat cookies or cakes. They still don’t drink juice often, either water or milk.  But they have a wicked addiction to ‘blue snacks’ (Welches fruit snacks)

I’m not sure where I went wrong. I tried to expand their pallet as children but now their likes mirror a first year collage student. My doctor and friends insist that we should be happy they are eating and as they get older they will acquire better taste buds. I try not to worry but their reaction to vegetables and meats (other than hotdogs and bologna…which aren’t even real meat) is almost embarrassing! So I do what any sane mother would do with a child on a horrible diet…vitamins!

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Every night my kids get vitamin c, a multi vitamin and an omega 3. It helps me sleep at night knowing they got some vitamins along with their processed goodies!