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I try to think about this all the time. They are watching all my choices. My choices with my time, my words, and yes, even my food. While they are not all great choices, at least a few include volunteering, being inclusive, saying thank you and cooking real food. Maybe you brought dinner to a friend. Or, picked up an extra carpool shift. Or, cleaned their rooms without mentioning it later. No matter what it was, they saw it.
I am not going to get all preachy or judgey here – I’m the girl that wore the same stinky clothes 3 days in a row to ensure my team’s victory in the MLB playoffs – but we, as a generation, need to be more cognizant of how we are making our meal choices – because they are watching. Encourage your kids to come into the kitchen when you are prepping dinner. Talk about the ingredients. Check them out in their natural state. Taste them cooked and raw (not the meat!!!). This week has some dishes that are easy to get the kids involved. Pesto BLT’s are a great one. Taste the pesto – what’s in it? What can you taste? Basil, garlic, pinenuts, olive oil – anything else?
One time, I bought a package of chicken. 2 breasts, 4 wings, 2 thighs, 4 drumsticks. What chicken has 4 wings and 4 feet? That’s whack. But, it was a launch pad for an enlightening conversation about where our food comes from. It doesn’t “come from the store.” My kids were clueless.
This Week’s Strategy Session:
Now, if you are smart, you will inform your spouse of this Kids are Watching business and guilt them into doing the dishes. Just a thought…