Tuesday, March 30, 2010

as long as we screw them up less than our parents did to us, right?

I had that moment of regret last night that most parents have at some point (I think), the one where you realize you screwed up by doing something a certain way. I'm going to come clean now. Even though I hate to admit I'm not perfect.

I should never have let my son have so much control over what he eats.

Because now the damn kid won't eat anything.

Any of you who have kids knows exactly how I got into this position though. You know how frustrating it is when your kid won't eat. Have you ever listened to Louis CK? His bit about the kid not eating is right on. "Eat! You'll die if you don't eat!" And I realize that not many kids in San Jose, CA, are dying of starvation, but still. It's annoying.

Plus, I'm a very picky eater myself. So I not only understand it, I kind of deserve it. I hope he'll start eating eventually. When he hits puberty, at least. Or maybe he won't, hell, I never did. I still judge food by the way it looks. Yet I get annoyed when he does it. Go figure.

Anyway, if I had to choose a way I screwed up, I'd rather it be this than something bad. I get enough into the kid to keep him alive. And he's funny and caring and sensitive and listens to me almost all the time. So, all in all, I think we did ok.


Adam The Quick said...

"Mission Accomplished" as we so aptly like to say.

Yoj said...

I think most parents struggle with the whole eating bit with kids. Hell, it's much easier to whip up a box of mac n' cheese than to think out a meal.

Does he like mashed potato's? I got a sneaky recipe for that if you want it. Most times I just lie and tell Miles everything is chicken (tuna steak, steak, pork). Heh.

Look on the bright side, at least he's not a total junk food junkie who lives off Cosmic Brownies and Mtn Dew. ;)

furiousBall said...

the eating thing is easy with one of my kids, the other one exists solely on chicken nuggets, hot dogs, and ham. he farts a lot.

eric said...

I've taught mine terrible sleeping habits. I have no credibility ...

kilgorsky said...

I don't have kids and I know nothing about raising them, but I have friend who had a simple rule about feeding his kids. He'd say: Here's your sandwich. Ge ahead and eat it. If you don't like it you won't get another one today."

One time, he said his son was throwing fits for two days and refused to eat something. On top of that my friend also had a fight with his wife who didn't like his methods but eventually he broke the kid. Now he will ANYTHING without a complaint. I liked his method but I bet it's easier said than done.

Krissyface said...

You're definitely doing ok.
I once dropped my kid on her head.

Cat said...

If he gets skinny enough he can be a model.

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