Proof That The Second May Be More Stubborn Than the First

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Lunch today: Leftover Creamy Herb & Garlic Brown Rice Pasta with Broccoli

The other night, my kids loved it. Okay, the broccoli part, not so much, but at least they both ate their required number of broccoli bites without a fuss.

Today at lunch, Jude put up a substantial fuss about eating his broccoli. However, after much coaxing and encouragement, did manage to choke down the 5 required pieces.

Since Noah is younger, I only made him eat three. Although he balked at the first one, he seemingly ingested the second two pieces with no trouble at all. He got down from the lunch table around 1:30. (We started at 1.)

At 2:00, when I was taking him for a potty break, I noticed he still had a piece of broccoli in his mouth! He had been keeping it in his cheek like a little chipmunk that is hoarding for the winter. I told him to eat it, then left him to let him pull up his pants and finish the potty routine, since he is getting pretty self-sufficient at it.

Fifteen minutes later, while he and Jude were playing, I noticed that he still had not one but TWO pieces of broccoli in his mouth. This is the point when I made him sit on the kitchen floor where I could watch him until he finally chewed them up and ate them.

The tears. The drama. The wails. The unrelenting mother.

There were sternly given commands. Still he wouldn't eat them. There were spanks. Still he would not eat them. There were gently given explanations (like you can explain anything to a 2-year-old.) Still, those pieces remained firmly planted in his mouth. Jude was allowed to go put a movie on. Still, he stubbornly sat there with the soggy vegetables rolling around on his tongue--and I believe that they were probably truly disgusting by this point.

Finally, no less than ONE HOUR after being told to sit there until he ate them (so, nearly two hours since they went into his mouth in the first place!), they managed to move from his mouth to his stomach. (I think. I didn't see him chew and swallow, but so far I haven't found them hiding under any furniture or in the garbage can.)

And I thought Jude was stubborn. HAH!

You gotta watch out for those quiet ones.

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  1. Wow, T! This is one of the funnier things I've heard in awhile. I laughed out loud as I read this but then again it wasn't me who was trying to get a chipmunk to eat his broccoli! :D That will be one of those stories you will tell for years - especially at said chipmunk's wedding.

    You are a great mom and you're doing a FAB job. I know it.

    Love you.

  2. My lands! If only two-year-olds had logic he would understand that the taste in his mouth for hours is MUCH worse than swallowing them and getting it over with!

  3. Ayaan is starting to display familiar behaviour and mealtimes are starting to get pretty intense.

    I have a different approach though. When he starts getting fussy with some kind of food, I just stop. And try again a few days later and again and again and again.

    I do this because I remember my mum used to force me to have milk even though I hated it. And as soon as I was out of the house, I stopped having it and hate milk with a vengeance to this date and a lot of it has to do with the memories of being forced to have it...

    On your previous post, I was interested in what you said about cooking oils. What oil do you use when you make Indian food?

  4. Colleen - Hmm, the wedding! That would be mean, but very, very funny. For everyone but Chipmunk, I imagine! Thanks for the compliment, Colleeeny. Mom's need all the affirmation they can get--especially since being a hardnose is so tough!

    Jenn - Thanks for coming by! Yes, that was the gist of the "gently given explanation," but like you said, he just didn't get it.

    Rohini - At Ayaan's age, that is pretty much our approach, too. However, you can't continue like that forever, or they'll take advantage and only eat the things they really like, never trying anything new or good for them. We're not cruel--I don't make my kids eat a whole plate of something they hate. But they DO have to try it. (I remember being forced to eat a few things that I hated, too, but somehow we survive, eh?)

    For Indian cooking, I usually use butter, olive oil, ghee, or a combination. I haven't used coconut oil yet, but that's only because I haven't made anything really coconut-based for a while. This would be a good sub in a coconut cream sauce of some sort.

    I don't do any of the deep-fried foods, since the temperatures required for deep-frying usually kill off any nutrients. However, if you do deep-fry, you should try duck or chicken fat as opposed to vegetable oil, since these fats will not go rancid and oxidized at the high heats, therefore not becoming toxic to your body. And, as my post illustrates (although not in detail on animal fat--I'll post more on that later, I think), animal fat is good for you. It's vegetable fats produced under high heat and pressure that you should avoid.

  5. Yup, I might have to get strict as Ayaan gets older too. I will be watching this space for tips...

    Thanks for the tips on the cooking oils. I hate the taste of olive oil but we have been avoiding ghee a lot because of its fattiness - I guess we should try it more often. Jai has become vegetarian though so duck/ chicken fat is out...

  6. Ro - Vegetarian, eh? For religious reasons, or otherwise? If otherwise, you might want to peruse and print the following articles for him: Vegetarianism: What the Science Tells Us, and The Ethics of Eating Meat.

  7. Nope. He just read about some horrible incidents of animal cruelty and that has completely put him off. I still eat though and plan to introduce Ayaan to meat as well

  8. Oooooh, you are MEAN!!!!! But I must admit, my second has a pretty stubborn streak too.......
    At least he didn't spit the broccoli out like mine would probably have done!

  9. Broccoli = very tasty.BUT i don't eat it. Why? G A S.
    Infact, I can't eat half the vegetables for that reason. Can it be the water over here?

  10. Rohini - Tough cooking two different meals, but good that you and Ayaan still eat meat. (He could, of course, search out sources of meat that do not cause cruelty to animals. Unless, of course, he does well on a vegetarian diet and it doesn't matter to him.)

    Clare - He gets in big trouble when he spits out food, so apparently he took a new approach. I wonder how long he was planning on leaving it in there, anyway?

    Kanks - (Can I call you "Kanks"?) Oh, the embarrassment of the fart! I understand, but since I'm home so much now, it doesn't usually matter. (Lentils are much, much worse for me.) The worst: Before kids, I could at least do it silently, so no one knew who to blame it on. Now, I couldn't pass gas quietly if the lives of a small Central American country depended on it!


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