- Baby Back Ribs
- Filet Mignon
- BBQ'd chicken
At first I thought it was a faze, especially because she was picking and choosing the days she was a vegetarian.
"Who wants McDonalds?"
"You want a cheeseburger? What about not eating meat?"
"Oh yeah.Well, just get me a chicken sandwich. I will still eat chicken"
So I did what any mom would do in my situation, I instantly started going through my HUGE magazine pile up in my room ( I went a tiny bit crazy at the pre-school magazine drive, much to my husbands dismay)In one of my magazines, I remember seeing an article about "So your child wants to be a vegetarian?" Ah Ha! Found the article, also found an article on how to get your husband to REALLY listen to you, but I will tackle one family issue at a time.
It says to go over this list:
- What are her reasons? - animal rights?, diet? Health? Taste?- Her reason was animal rights, but I guess slowly she has decided to only care about Cows. (She was only eating fish and chicken,then my husband told her 'Pork was the other white meat' like the commercial, and since she is eating chicken, and chicken is white, I guess she thinks pork is o.k.)
- Talk with her about how she will label herself- Well, she has labeled herself a vegetarian,but since the rest of the family likes to tease her,poke fun, and give her a hard time about this (i.e. older brother in a teasing voice"Oh, I'm such a VEGETARIAN, wow, I'm so cool! Oh, but I will eat a chicken!!!") I have made a few suggestions on how she should word it. I think she needs to actually just start saying "I don't eat red meat anymore" Plain and Simple. But she keeps using the word vegetarian, and I can't shield her much longer from her meat eating siblings.Which leads me to the most important tip in the magazine.
- BE SUPPORTIVE- It says that no matter what, whether it is a faze, a true desire for animal rights, or a way to be different/cool/quirky, Be Supportive. So I am, but sometimes we forget. I put a tri-tip in the rotisserie, mash the potatoes, yell "Dinner is served" and when they all trample into the kitchen I see her eyeing the counter space, looking for that one lone piece of chicken that my husband or I cooked just for her. (we do this, when we can remember) But sometimes we forget, and her dinner plate will consist of mashed potatoes, corn, and a tuna sandwich. Or just a buttload of mashed potatoes, corn, and more potatoes. Just so her plate looks nice and full, and I don't feel like a horrible mom.Although it is hard, she forgets sometimes too. Eating my pork chops the other night, but then insisting on turkey bacon. (if you know my husband, he LOVES his greasy, salty, PORK bacon. But he was a good sport, even saying 'yum' once)
- Woke up (yes that is an accomplishment. I'm a tired mom, remember?)
- Got kids to school
- Prepped dinner in the morning
- Prepped VEGETARIAN dinner especially for my 13 year old daughter
- Went to work
- Came home, and showed off little mini crockpot to my daughter.
|I got a huge hug for the little black pot on the right! It's the little things that matter sometimes.|