French Toast Toddler

 

Is it possible to purchase stock in frozen french toast sticks? About 80% of my recent grocery budget has been designated to supplying my toddler with his fix of french toast. He will consume these delightfully delicious egg dipped strips for breakfast, second breakfast (Hobbit fans, get it?!), lunch, dinner, and the occasional post preschool snack. We are almost to the point of having a maple syrup IV drip on hand.

I never thought I would have a picky eater on my hands, but I do. My child went from eating anything to everything to basically sustaining himself strictly on carbs. He really needs the nutrients from fruits, vegetables, and protein based foods. I’ve tried the Pediasure; and while it worked for a while, he now snubs his nose at the protein packed shake. I’ve even gone to extreme lengths of disguising healthy foods into biscuits, bagels, and baguettes, but he quickly discovers my betrayal. Have you ever had a small child look at you with complete heartbreak? Well I have, and it rocked me to my core.

They, you know the childcare professionals, continuously encourage me to push my child into eating healthy, nutrient packed foods, but I’ve failed. I will now take this opportunity to share something with you that I have never admitted before – My name is Hannah and I am a picky eater enabler! I did it! I admitted my faults.

What is a mom to do when the sunshine of her life sticks out his bottom lip, pouts, and falls apart when he is separated from his beloved french toast? Please tell me! No, really, what are your tips and tricks to changing a picky eater into a kid with an adventurous appetite?

I know this is a phase, or that’s what I keep telling myself, and I look forward to the day when my kids electively consumes a handful of green beans. A mom can only hope (keeping my fingers and toes crossed).

 

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The Toy Piano

Disclaimer: The actions depicted below did not result in any boo-boos.

A toy piano, harmless in theory, but extremely dangerous when mixed with antibiotics, congestion, and a nap deprived toddler.

My son typically (90% of the time) maintains a sweet demeanor. He is my little love bug. MY son would NEVER act out and get sentenced to time out for the first time at preschool. Well folks, it happened. My nugget, who I will preface has not been feeling well for the last three-four week battling severe congestion, threw a toy piano at another child.

As a typical mother, I am deflecting my child’s behavior on other contributing factors, such as an antibiotic, distain towards lunch, and 40 minute nap, but in reality, my kid did something that I am not proud of.

When his teacher was explaining the situation to me, I had this vision of him grabbing the piano like a cave man, lifting it over his head, screaming NOOOO! at the top of his lungs, and chucking it at the other child’s head. She said she was honestly shocked, because it’s just not my kids personality. Due to his actions, my son was sentenced to two minutes of time-out. Was he happy, absolutely not, but he sat there and served his time.

Even though my child is two, I try to get on his level and talk about what happened. I know what you’re thinking, “Hannah he’s two. He doesn’t understand what you’re saying.” Well folks, I think it’s important to talk about what went down and what he should have done instead of expressing his anger through his hulk-like strength. There is something to be said when you respect your child enough to reason with him.

When I was growing up I was never spanked. My mother gave me a look and I was done. I would grovel and beg for forgiveness. It all depends on the child in regards to how you discipline. I will preface that I am not an advocate for spanking and will do everything else  in my power before I pop my son. I’ve already pinned a time out chair on my Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/hanystro) and plan on making it a staple item in my household moving forward. “They” suggest you have your child sit in the time out chair the number of minutes corresponding to your child’s age, so he sits for two minutes because he is a two-year-old.

With another baby on the way, we are going to nip this throwing thing in the bud. Reasonable communication and time out chair will be used in full effect.