Have you ever seen a grosser looking pea (yet slightly cute)? I’ve seen some ugly looking peas in my life, but I think this might be the ugliest. Is this guy popular in your house? You are LUCKY if he’s not! If Listen Monster was the monster I knew best as a kid, Veggie Monster was the one I knew second best. I made swallowing-veggies-whole-without-tasting-them an art. If I didn’t finish them while my whole family was around the table, I would sit there all night if that’s what it took. Did any of you do this? When everyone left the room, I’d run to the garbage and hide them under a napkin or something and yell out that I was done. I would go so far as to flush them down the toilet too if necessary! Anyone else? I wonder what percentage of veggies make up our sewer systems. I have a feeling I’m not alone here! How do you handle this as a parent? Veggie Monster sure challenges us as parents (really, all of these monsters do). My parents tell me this all the time as I’m now raising my own children, “Parenting is not for wimps.” Boy are they right. I’ve always had a great love and respect for my parents… but NOW I see the sheer braun it took to raise 6 children. We all know that not just anyone can do that!
Maybe Saturday night is a good night to avoid Veggie Monster all together? Maybe instead of offering a vegetable, give yourself a break and offer a favorite fruit instead.
Have a great weekend,