The Dinner

So tonight (mostly joking) I asked my kids: “So… are you going to make dinner tonight or should I?”

The answer I got was somewhat unexpected: “Seriously? Can we?”

“Err…. Um…. Sure. But it has to be a meal of healthy choices.”

Your Kids Will Be Tested In Life

So you might as well make it on your terms. In this case, the test was not dangerous (well, I had to eat it too and I have to say I was a bit nervous). So the questions were: can they make the right choices? Do they know the requirements of a healthy meal in the first place? Sure, we’ve tried to instil an understanding of protein, carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables, etc. But the real bottom-of-the-line-question: did they hear it?

It was better to find out tonight than years from now. Then when they ignore the advice sometime later in college you can hope they’ll pick it back up again a few years later.

The Happy Meal

I wasn’t allowed into the kitchen while the meal was being prepared. About a half-an-hour in (which was right about our normal dinner time) I was asked if I would authorize the use of cookie cutters. My first sign that maybe our little whispers of health had not been heard. It took another half an hour before I was allowed to come to the table.

The results would take a lot of words to describe, so I’ll use pictures instead:

Cheese, Apples and Ghrams

Cheese, Apples and Ghrams

Peanut Butter Animal Shapes

Peanut Butter Animal Shapes

Buttered Animal Shaped Bread

Buttered Animal Shaped Bread

Apples, Celery, and Carrots

Apples, Celery, and Carrots

I think they passed! They had representations of pretty much everything important. Now, mind you I don’t know how old the celery was that they found (but I ate it anyway). And they had actually gotten the single, very-small, carrot from the garden. I am hoping it was washed well. All said and done, my kids get an A+ for effort, an A+ for presentation and an A+ for content.

Dinner Conversation

“What did you cut up the fruit and vegetables with?”

“A knife”

“errr…. a sharp knife?”

“No, a normal one” (pointing to a butter knife).

“You cut up a raw carrot and celery with a butter knife???” (they were thin slices!)


Grade Change: A++ for effort!

I can’t believe I didn’t take a picture of the bowl of “left over bread pieces” though. Picture it in your mind: take a piece of bread, cut an animal-shape out of it using a cookie cutter… What do you do with the rest? Put it in a bowl of course!


  1. Dawn Said,

    October 25, 2009 @ 12:42 am

    God I love our kids! :-). And God I love our family!
    Thanks for sharing this. I wish I’d been there.
    (Oh, and don’t worry–the celery was fresh!)

  2. B10m Said,

    October 25, 2009 @ 1:05 am

    Haha funny story, so what’s the next thing you’re going to ask them? “So … are you going to make money, or should I?” 😉

  3. admin Said,

    October 27, 2009 @ 7:29 am

    B10m: I have wonderful kids. I’m quite sure that if they could get a job to earn some money they’d happily tell me “now you don’t have to work as much”. And I’d quietly sneak off at night to work anyway so as to not disappoint them about their lemonade stand earnings 🙂

  4. Mike Slifcak Said,

    November 3, 2009 @ 7:32 am

    Bravo, Wes! Looks like you had a fantastic meal!

    Encourage children every way you can. Our daughters are 23 and 21 now in college, and they love to cook, to read, and to learn.

    Make an adventure of yard cleaning leaves, or pruning a bush or a tree, or gardening. Take many pictures so they can see the fruits of their labors across the seasons.

    Our daughters both have said ‘we wish that you had taught us more about money’. Funny, but that was my lament to my parents as well!

  5. Janet Said,

    March 2, 2010 @ 12:33 pm

    Very cute!