Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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mouse's picture mouse

Scooter's eating a Kinnikinnick donut for breakfast, as I type. (Vanilla-glazed. Apparently that does the trick.) I kind of hope that his treasured food memory will be something other than grilled cheese.

Given the range of foods you prepare with your kids, I'm sure the balance will be to the healthy side. And who doesn't need a little cake every now and then?


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I'm glad Scooter likes that flavor!

I'm also sad that I may not be able to create these memories for L., or at least it's not clear to me now that he will have any--but I may be wrong--he may remember more than I think he will...


Lilianpw's picture Lilianpw

OK, so today I had to login and comment (it wasn't hard, I should do it more often, the login thing is the only thing that keeps me from commenting every single day).

I think what your friend said -- although I can see where s/he was going -- is quite the opposite, IMHO! If we teach them to rely in addictive, practical, ready-made food or, perhaps, eating out a lot (I know it's not your case, it's so expensive, isn't it!) *that* would be the unhealthy thing to do. Spending lots and lots of time in the kitchen leads to the preparation of not only delicious food, but much healthier food -- if prepared from whole ingredients, not industrialized ones. Oftentimes, the healthier the food, the longer it takes to prepare (that's one of the reasons why I feel so hesitant to become vegan, there's so much planning involved in order to have a balanced diet)...

Anyway, those are my two cents. I'm sure those essays were lovely to read!


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I agree, Lilian--part of our job as parents is to help our kids establish their experiences/relationships to lots of things--and food and eating is a part of this. For me, it's VERY important that I recapture some of my childhood in Greece and my grandparents' by recreating food memories for myself, and for my kids. I hope that they will learn to carry these traditions on for themselves, as they create new ones, too.