I am tired tonight. Going to bed a little early, soon, even if I will be awakened by barking dogs at midnight when my son comes home from work. I need the rest, broken up or not!
I have really enjoyed my bananas lately, and my focus on fruit has spread to my children. The older ones have always enjoyed fruit, but since I hadn't been eating it (or buying much of it aside from bananas and apples) they sort of stopped eating it too. My littlest has some feeding issues I have mentioned before, but tonight I was thrilled to see she ate two bites of banana, licked a strawberry, and bit a blueberry in half! That is huge for her. I am excited. I like seeing my older ones make their own bowl of fruit salad for a snack or grabbing an orange or a kiwi to eat. It is just another testament to how much influence we have as parents, even if we don't think we do. Just the fact that I have a wide variety of fresh fruits in the house and am eating them myself is enough to change the eating habits of all my children just a bit. I saw it a couple years ago when I switched completely from white bread to 100% whole wheat bread. At first they all complained. In fact, they refused to eat bread at all. I just shrugged and went on, making my usual family dinners and putting a plate of wheat bread on the table as a side dish now and then. A few years later, guess what? They ALL eat wheat bread now. I guess they eventually wanted a sandwich or toast badly enough to eat it, and after awhile they got used to it. In fact, I think they *prefer* it now. And it's all my 6-year-old has known. Bread is brown. What is that white stuff those other people are eating?
Yep. Even kids who ate a lot of cheap foods growing up, like Ramen, Kraft macaroni, hot dogs, and frozen pizza can learn to make some changes. Even teenagers. I won't lie: they still like junk. One of them takes his paycheck and buys Captain Crunch cereal so he doesn't have to always eat the healthier cereals I keep on hand. He also has eaten a giant 9 by 13 Rice Krispie Treat he bought for his dinner once. But my point is, little changes in what *I* am eating and what's available in the house can make a difference in the choices of my kids. Yours can too!
Off to bed, goodnight!
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