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