Or at least that’s what I tried not to do yesterday with Vince.
Check out my sweet parenting logic:
In order to get ones child to eat more veggies, buy more veggies. With this in mind, yesterday Vince and I hit Pubes (aka Publix) for some healthy lunch things for me. As I picked out my veggies, Vince asked “What doing, Mummy?”
Mummy: “Buying some veggies, honey.”
Vince: *curiously* “Oh! I like veggies too!!”
Mummy: “You do? Do you like broccoli?”
Vince: “No, I no like broccoli. I like veggies.”
Mummy: “I like broccoli, it’s yummy. AND it makes you strong!”
Vince: “I’m stronger! I like broccoli! I want to eat it! In my mouth!”
Ok, I can handle this. I went and bought one of those Amy’s Organic kids meals (did I mention I was about falling over from exhaustion? And that is why I bought a microwave meal for my child. The End.) Anyways, it had broccoli in it and Vince promised to eat it and the macaroni that came with.
So home we went and I ‘cooked’ dinner for him. He sort of dragged his feet at eating and I sort of ended up ‘encouraging’ him to do it. Scooping up a little spoonful of noodles, I handed it to him. “No Mummy! NOOOOOOO! I can’t eat it! It’s too much!:
?? Too much? There were precisely 3 noodles on that spoon.
“No Mummy, like dis,” he proclaimed solemnly as he proceeded to flick off two of the noodles from the spoon. “And dats enough,” he said. And then he ate ONE noodle.
And then he ate ONE more noodle. And then he ate individual noodles for 5 minutes. I swear I was almost bald by the time dinner was over. It was the only way I could remain patient. And sane. I might have moaned out-loud repeatedly.
And then? He refused to eat broccoli.
“No Mummy, YOU like veggies. You eat it.”
I will baldly eat YOUR broccoli and enjoy it, dammit. DAMMIT!