Well Oh My Goodness!

Saturday, April 05, 2008

The picture you see is of my 3 year old (middle son). He is cursed with an older sister, an older brother and a younger brother. So he is, in a way, a lot like me. He sees the world as it is. He lives life the way he wants and today, of all days, seen me throw food into the trash. With finances the way they are, seldom does this ever happen. And wouldn't you know, he caused me to laugh, actually laugh at my actions. He walked into the kitchen and seen me disposing of the leftovers and said, "Well Oh My Goodness!" I turned to look at him and he had this surprised look on his face.

I asked him what was wrong and he said, "Why you throwin food in the trash momma?" I told him I was on a diet and that we weren't going to eat anymore of it. He looked at me for a moment and smiled. Then he said something I never thought I would ever hear as he ran to me and gave me a hug and said, "I don't have to eat my food anymore either?" I laughed at him and smiled. I told him he didn't have to clean his plate no more. He jumped up and down and said, "Okay, can I have dessert now"

So my querry is this... When we raise our kids to clean their plate, is that often not opening the door to more severe situations as we are now, as grown ups, discovering? And how do we rationalize with our children that eating appropriately and conservatively, with out wasting is the best thing for us? And on top of that, when can we have dessert?
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