27 October 2008

Sackcloth and Pajamas

Yesterday I allowed Grace to eat her nursery candy for lunch. I knew it was a bad idea, but I cherished delusional (and idiotic, in hindsight) hopes for her eating fried rice as well when we got home. I suppose I could have immediately confiscated the treats, listened to the screaming for the half hour it took to finish all the churchy biz, and then doled them out in some sort of responsible way over the next few days. But how fun would that be? (And what kind of self control do they think I have? I can't keep myself out of our Halloween candy, much less my child.)

Today she has been Princess Whineypants, so I am repenting in sackcloth and pajamas for my poor parenting. Sometimes I feel as if the nutrition side of parenthood is a runaway train headed for sugar induced diabetic disaster. But before you judge, you might first want to attempt to entice a two-year-old to eat spaghetti squash for dinner after the nursery leader gives her a bag full of fruit snacks, taffy, and Nerds.

10 comments:

The Yoder's Three said...

Psh. Don't you know sugar is the key to children's hearts? When I need to appease my own Princess Whineypants, I whip out one of those little tiny juice boxes and poof! It's like magic! Who cares about cavities and nutrition when you'll have a screaming banshee to face otherwise.

amy said...

i'm with the yoder's three. once, during a particularly self-righteous phase of my life i like to refer to as "college" i was over at a dear friend's house having a typically ridiculous conversation about the parenting practices we would one day employ. "no tv!" we harped. "no mcdonald's" we chimed. "no fun at all!!!" we proclaimed in our loudest voices. having had enough, said friend's mom decided it was time to set us straight. "everyone SAYS that before they HAVE CHILDREN. mark my words, one day you will look your screaming children square in the eye and say 'if i give you a maple bar WILL YOU JUST SHUT UP?!?!?!'". I have never forgotten it and am confident that, so spake the oracle, so it shall be done.

and i'm like, sweet, i love maple bars.

Kevin M. said...

Sprinkle Nerds on spaghetti squash= problem solved.

The Rookie said...

Nursery teacher! Who does she think she is? That spaghetti squash looks divine, by the way. But then, everything you make does.

Jen said...

Thanks Rookie, but actually Wikipedia baked that squash. Mine had parmesan and butter and tomatoes in it. MMMmm.

We'll definitely have to try the nerd sprinkles next time. Maybe black and orange for Halloween. That would be very appetizing.

Zina said...

I almost bought some spaghetti squash today, but remembered we had (real) spaghetti last night, so I decided to wait until next time. (I bought a Butternut.)

That Nursery leader coulda probably gotten just as much mileage from 1/4 the amount of treat. Plus 3x the gratitude from the parents.

I've always liked Halloween (I love candy) but with my family having FOUR Halloween events this week (counting trick-or-treating, but not the school costume parades since I don't think I'll go to those,) it does seem like a bit much. I've heard Halloween is close to surpassing Christmas in peoples' expenditures.

(This comment is already way too long, but I just had to add that Dean was telling me tonight about how a neighbor told us the CEO of his company FLIES IN MIDGETS FROM CALIFORNIA every year to be part of his costume -- one year he did Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, another time he did the Wizard of Oz. And now I'm wondering just how many midget-themed costumes there can be.

msjvd said...

So is this rant a complaint about the child or the evil Nursery leader?

Jillybean said...

So exactly what's wrong with feeding kids fruit snacks, taffy, and Nerds for lunch.

Dansie Family said...

i'll have her share of spaghetti squash. and i tried to keep porter away from candy as long as i could and now he is as big a sugaraholic as i am. eliza, on the other hand, was given candy much more frequently and now she rarely finishes her dessert.

Hey It's Di said...

I'm bad with treats and the kids. Sometimes (most times) it's anything to shut them up. Why do I somehow get sucked into thinking it's sugar:)

I LOVE spaghetti squash! It beats nerds, taffy and fruit snacks any day. OK, I have to draw the line at chocolate though. Nothing beats that:)