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One Mouthful

I’m veering off track tonight from my usual theme of early childhood education and Afterschooling, to share with you a fun blog that I have recently started reading called One Mouthful.  It is the very amusing account of a Work at Home Mom who from day one, tried to introduce creative, nutritious and healthy foods into her son’s diet.  Now as a preschooler, her son is very adorable and endearing, but will often only eat Nutella and Fluffernut sandwiches!  I’m laughing with you One Mouthful, not at you.  Boy can I relate!

I’m one of those former Californians who gets a farm fresh, organic produce box delivered each week, who grows her own garden each summer, who shops at the organic coop, who only buys cage free eggs, shade grown coffee, grass fed beef, etc.  I nursed both of my kids for 14 months, pureed their own homemade baby food, and introduced vegetables, not fruit first into their diet at exactly 6 months.  I own Jessica Seinfeld’s book Deceptively Delicious, and have been known to serve raw vegan chocolate fudge made with avocados to guests. (It’s actually quite good.)

What exactly do my children subsist on?  Whole milk, crackers and Jo Jos!  Okay, so that’s a bit of hyperbole.  Suffice to say, both of my kids go through phases of eating everything, and then eating nothing.  Right now they are in a very picky-eater phase.

A month or two ago my husband was on a week-long business trip and I made macaroni and cheese from a box, canned soup, frozen pizza, and grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner.  Bruce(6) complimented me on my cooking every single night and kept going on and on about how he never knew I was such a good cook before. 🙂

Last week I was feeling a sick, and hadn’t been to the grocery store in a while, so I made my favorite comfort food from items on hand; tuna casserole with crumbled potato chip toppings, canned peas and canned peaches.  My kids ate every last bite!  This led me to think about dinner time rules and expectations from the 1950s, and how that might relate to menus from the 1950s.

If I was feeding my kids mashed potatoes, creamed corn, Jell-O, and meatloaf for dinner, with chocolate pudding for dessert, they would probably sit at the table and eat it with no complaints.  I don’t know if you have ever seen the Duggar family on “19 Kids and Counting” and watched what they eat, but it is a very low fiber, high sodium, high fat diet.  If you don’t believe me, check out their recipe for Tater Tot Casserole.  In my mind, that’s the type of food I would think of my grandma serving sixty years ago.

Our family sits down at the dinner table together almost every single night, but I am certainly not getting 1950s style eating-compliance out of my kids, even though both my husband and I try really hard to teacher our kids good manners. But maybe it’s unrealistic to expect 1950s behavior without the 1950s food.  Whole grains, lean meat, and lots and lots of vegetables just doesn’t get the same results.  Or maybe (as Bruce has been known to say), I am truly just the worst cook ever!


  1. Lia says:

    OMG. I’m just catching up on my blogs tonight and was screaming with laughter at Bruce’s compliments to your cooking. Brilliant. And such an interesting observation about the 50s food thing. I also wonder when things changed so that parents couldn’t make their kids sit at the table and finish their vegetables. Society would be horrified if I stood over my kid now and force fed him peas but somehow it was OK when we were little all in the name of character building and starving kids overseas 🙂

    • jenbrdsly says:

      Then there is the whole idea of acceptable forms of discipline in the 1950s discipline. There were probably lots of kids who at their peas because the alternative was getting the belt. A time out doesn’t have the same gravitas, although that is of course what we use.

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