Tuesday, November 21, 2006

'Slacker Mom'

There you have it. I admit it. I was the 'slacker Mom' today. Just thought you might all appreciate me telling it like it is. No gush. No glamour. Nothing gourmet.
Why is it that my kids clean their plates or eat better than usual when I pour something out of a can (like Spaghettios and meatballs for lunch) or mix up something from a box (like Bisquick pancakes for dinner)? I am learning to not take it personally. In fact, that is the very reason I made the meals that I did today. I wanted my kids to EAT something!
They can go in spurts with their eating habits. As many of you with your own kids understand, I'm sure. So, today, I decided to keep it simple. There was still nutrition involved (protein, carbs and fiber), and of course, a little creativity thrown in as well.
Afterall, just because I keep something simple and feel like a slacker doesn't mean I didn't have any fun! I did some playing with the pancake batter (remember my Font Pancakes from awhile back?! Somewhere in the archives last March or April maybe?) and came up with Spongebob and Patrick pancakes. At least for pancakes they were a close enough match. Top them off with chocolate chip eyes and noses, and the kids were more than happy to eat their dinner tonight.
That's what made me thankful and happy today. Knowing that I don't have to work very hard to make my kids happy and myself happy at the very same time. Sometimes simple is the best way to go!


Anonymous said...

Pancakes, waffles and french toast are our kids favorites!!

Anonymous said...

As a kid, I used to feel cheated when we had breakfast food for dinner - "this isn't dinner, it's breakfast!" But now, as a parent? I totally get it!

faydean said...

Oh thank you for saying you feed your kids these things. My almost two year old doesn't eat ANYTHING hardly anymore except for goldfish, grahams, some fruit and, of course, pancakes. She's even poo pooing mac n cheese! I'm fine with just getting something in her most of the time. It's by the fourth day or so when I feel like the most awful mom in the universe...then she eats well and I snap out of it, lol. Pancakes for dinner...hmm, may have to try that one.