Tuesday, November 18, 2008
The Lies We Tell Our Children
Without warning or reason, Elliot suddenly became a fussy eater. At meal-times it's become 'I don't like this' and 'I don't like that' He wouldn't eat his pasta because the sweetcorn made the whole meal 'dirty.' Mashed bantatoes (potatoes) is 'not good.' I just didn't know what to do, he's never been a problem eater before. We tried bribing him with treats, we tried taking things away from him. Nothing worked. But N solved our little problem with a bit of creativity...
'McQueen is fast because of all those carbohydrates he eats when he finishes his pasta. Chick Hicks? He likes to eat salad and courgettes and peas (and all things green). Sally loves fish, Mack adores his mashed potatoes. Luigi LOVES his sweetcorn.' The list could go on forever and is adaptable for any food crisis.
And oh yes, it works. And these will certainly not be the last lies I tell my child in order for him to eat his food. Thank you Pixar! And thank you Lightning McQueen for being my child's role model and hero, for which these lies would not be affective.
What about you? What lies were you told as a child? What lies do you tell your children?