I can't wait until some of you have children.
karma's a *****.
just as a side note: I breastfed, then made my own organic veg purees, which were all gobbled up. I smugly told everyone that my kid was going to eat everything.
well guess what? she's a toddler now, and while there are some interesting things she will eat (hummus, tapenade, and spicy pad thai, to name a few) she will not eat many others, including meat, chicken, or fish, any vegetables (other than potatoes or sweet potatoes), or any grains. We try repetition (they say it can take up to 15 times for a child to try something new and like it), raving about the food loudly ("don't these carrots taste like CANDY!""oh, yes, they are DELICIOUS!") at this age you are just happy that they will eat something. So we may sit her in front of a plate of whatever we're eating for half an hour. if she doesn't touch it and then i give her a banana, which she wolfs down- so be it. I can only do what i can by buying her as much organic and natural food as possible. Kid wants to eat crackers all day long? ok then, here's the whole grain crackers with no hf corn syrup. kid wants to gorge herself on applesauce? here's the applesauce with no sugar added. kid wants juice? here's a sippy cup with 7 oz of water and 1 oz of organic apple juice. kid wants pizza? okay, we make pizza at home, and mommy will hide some sauteed spinach under the sauce and cheese. unfortunately kid is too savvy for that and then refuses to eat the pizza, her favorite food. We pack her lunch so she doesn't eat the daycare food, which is just smaller versions of hospital food. organic soynut butter and sugar free fruit preserves on natural honey and flax bread. organic yogurt and milk. fresh fruit, not like the canned stuff in syrup the other kids get. ravioli with tomato sauce and another favorite, cannelini beans.
Surely you all remember being children, and there being things you didn't like to eat. ****, I just started liking olives 2 months ago. tastebuds change.
For my child-less friends, watching from the sidelines: don't sneer until you've walked a mile in a parent's shoes. Every parent (ok, the normal ones) try our very best to provide the best lives for their children, with nutrition,education, etc. etc. But nobody's perfect, no matter how hard we may try. So lighten up. Keep some hormone free chicken breasts and whole grain pasta at work. And at the end of the day, when you are out having drinks after work, raise a glass to the rest of us, who have worked our own shifts,come home to take care of our children, then collapse into bed, knowing we are imperfect and knowing there is not a **** thing we can do about it but try again tomorrow.