The last time I saw my therapist she told me that the reason I was so traumatized was because my mom used to give me zucchini bread. Except I didn't know there was zucchini in it.
Clearly trying to slip spinach into brownies and cauliflower into macaroni and cheese will cause our children great psychological damage.
Apparently there's a terrible amount of hullabaloo surrounding Mrs. Seinfeld's new book. Not only has she stolen someone else's idea (um, no offense, but our parents were sneaking veggies and everything else into our food waaaaaaay before both of these books were written), but she's lying to her kids.
And worse, she's encouraging us to lie to them as well.
Now I buy those special noodles with Omega 3 and extra protein, and I swear by V-8 Fusion. So, am I supposed to explain to my daughter that her noodles have special fish oils in them and her juice actually has vegetables as well?
She doesn't even know what the heck juice is except something you drink.
It's one thing to lie to your kids -- and quite frankly, I'm not even a fan of telling your kids a store is closed or the playground is broken when you just don't want to deal with the consequences of their reaction.
Is that lazy parenting? Or just picking your battles? Does lying like that start a bad precedence and promote distrust? Or are we just all pissed off that Jessica Seinfeld wrote a book?
Perhaps. But putting a little broccoli into my daughter's meat sauce doesn't seem like such a bad thing. (And really, who gives a shit who wrote the damn book). Besides, I wouldn't just suddenly stop putting veggies on her plate and say "Weeeeehoooo kid. No more veggies for us!" I'd continue to feed them to her and encourage good eating all the while trying to get them into her system any way that I can.
So what exactly is it? The pureeing? The racy title? What?
Because God knows my mom would throw a shitload of "who knows what the hell this is" in her ratatouille to make sure we got our veggies. Was that wrong when we just ate what she gave us and we didn't know exactly what variety of fall vegetable was looming in our bowls?
If one more person tells me (a mother with a fairly healthy eater mind you) that I need to provide my daughter with a variety of foods from early on bla bla bla, I'm going to scream. For the most part, parents know that. But when you have a daughter who had possible food allergies, and a son who's been waking up at 4am to poop on days where new foods are introduced, it's a little hard to just try to feed them new things when you finally discover something that works.
And what parents don't realize is that it takes about 15 times before a child will like something new. That means FIFTEEN times where carrots and olives and spinach are thrown at me.
And a lot of parents do not last that long.
But just because you don't have a picky eater, doesn't mean that moms and dads out there that do didn't do exactly what you did to get their kids to eat good foods.
In fact, chances are they've tried more things than just slipping it into their food.
My daughter used to love avocados. Now she hates them. I've never seen her eat a tomato and I still continue to put them on her sandwich and in her salad to which she continues to spit them out.
So be it.
But I would think that if my three-year-old asked the specific ingredients I used to create her scrumptious meal, then I would surely tell her. But considering she's usually busy feeding her brother paper and building lego castles, I'll hold off on the full disclosure thing for now.
Does she need to know exactly where her little brother came from, or do we just tell her what she needs to know based on her age? And does she need to know exactly what's in her food or is it so okay to throw some wheat germ into her pancakes and not tell her?
I mean, I'd happily tell her what wheat germ is, but um, you know. SHE'S THREE.
If you've got helpful hints and tips about how to get your kids to eat healthy foods (you know, other than SNEAK them), share them on Friday on your blog. PBN is doing a blog blast on the topic and you can win a $250 Gift Card to Williams and Sonoma. And if you've tried the recipes, liked the book, hated the book, and actually tried the recipes, considering posting!