My youngest daughter is visiting for Mother’s Day and had reminded me of some of the finer moments from her childhood. Well, maybe not so fine, but funny none the least.
Now mind you, things were a bit simpler back in the eighties. Children did not have all of the electronic devices available today to amuse themselves.
I had two young girls who were the pickiest eaters on the planet! And my youngest daughter would only eat a few things, and that was it. I was tired of forcing both of them to eat different foods, hearing the cries and spending time with the pediatrician with these concerns. I once forced my youngest daughter to finish a piece of broccoli during dinner. Turns out the next morning she had fallen asleep with the tiny florets in her mouth! I knew at that point, I was not going to play that card again.
The pediatrician had told me to let them eat what they like. So I followed his advice, much to the dismay of other family members.
Both girls loved to snack on the fresh loaf of crusty Italian bread when I got home from the store. They were picky about their beverages also. They did drink lots of water, so it was their drink of choice, and luckily it was a healthy one. So much for their ‘Prison Diet’! LOL~
My husband and I had managed to reserve Saturday nights as our special date night. I made sure to have purchased fresh loaves of Italian bread from the bakery and have the girls’ favorite movies on hand. The babysitter knew the drill each time; setting out a fresh loaf for each of them – yes, they each got their own loaf. No judgments here – please. They’d love to tear apart those warm pieces as they watched their favorite movies. It was not uncommon for my girls, ages five and ten to watch Hello Dolly, Gone With the Wind, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at least a few times a week along with other older musicals.
My daughter and I did have a good laugh reminiscing this past week.
Was I classified as a bad mom? I don’t think so, but some may beg to differ. Too many judgments today on parenting. Did my daughters grow up with poor eating habits? Quite the contrary. I can tell you that both of them are in top shape as grown adults. They work out on a regular basis and eat very healthy.
However, the tables have turned, and mom is now the one who is addicted to bread among other various carbs. Since I don’t watch TV, I do buy the smaller crusty loaves of bread and nibble on them when I write. I take it one step further by slathering on real butter.
And I have been reminded by both of them about making better choices with my snacking. But the good news is I do drink my water throughout the day.
So during my daughter’s ten day stay here on the island she has been getting me up at 6 a.m. to go walking and being vigilant with steering me toward a healthier eating and exercise plan. We are enjoying watching the old classics at night. Last night we watched, Bad Moms. We raised the bar a bit with our snack choice and nibbled on Bruschetta and a nice glass of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Happy Mother’s Day~
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