Yesterday morning I heard myself say the following:
Now, thank God my 3-and-a-half-year-old isn’t really that logical, or he would have called me out on the inane reasoning I had just given him. He simply began whining after hearing the word “no”.
I, however, was embarrassed for and appalled at myself for a number of reasons:
1) That the statement made absolutely no sense, nutritionally.
2) That I made such a ludicrous statement with such conviction and authority, only to realize how stupid it actually was.
3) That, somehow, Pop-Tarts have categorized themselves in my brain under “healthy breakfast food”.
Now while this whole interaction only took about 4 seconds to occur before my son was on to attempting other negotiations involving microwavable popcorn, fruit roll-ups and marshmallows, it has really stuck with me today.
Are my children becoming more logical with age only because they are siphoning logic from me, one temper tantrum at a time?
Did I just teach my 3-year-old that Pop-Tarts are a member of the 4 food groups? (There are 4 right? Or is it 5? I honest-to-God don’t even know).
Do I need to leave more time in the morning to cook them eggs and toast with a side of fruit every single day?
Out of ice-cream sandwiches, microwavable pop-corn, fruit roll-ups and marshmallows, which one would be the healthiest to eat for breakfast? (I think it’s the popcorn. Definitely not the marshmallows).
Starting tomorrow, I’m going to try my best to leave enough time to make them eggs and toast in the mornings. They do usually eat a ton of fruit anyway, but obviously, I have allowed Pop-Tarts to make their way into my sons’ regular choice of breakfast foods far too often.
So what else is a mom to do, in order to help her children start their days off right, then to go into the pantry right now and take care of any Pop-Tarts that might still be in there? (And by take care, I mean eat. We don’t waste good food in this house).
I do it all for love.