It’s central to this page you’re on now. If this were a physical page, it would have pizza sauce stains. Butter splotches. A damp ring from a Coke Zero can.
When you have kids, food is central to your existence. And the bigger they get, the more they want. And the more sophisticated their tastes get.
The measure of whether a child is still a baby lies in her palate. If she’s still all chicken nuggets, mac and cheese and anything drenched in ranch, she’s a baby.
I will always remember the day Marie finally piped up in a Mexican restaurant to demand an entree and not a kiddie menu reject. Chicken fingers at Monterrey Mexican Cantina, my burro.
For this installment of the 6 Words series, I asked you to describe your kid(s)’ eating habits in a six-word sentence. As always, I asked bloggers, friends, strangers, and a few strange blogger friends to contribute.
Here’s what you came up with. Now, let’s eat!
1. Meat is not okay, sashimi is.
Vanessa A., author of Crayons in My Coffee blog
2. They live on waffles and love.
Tricia, author of Raising Humans blog
3. Peanut butter and pretzels solve everything.
Caitlin H., author of Chasing Chels blog
4. Kitchen’s closing in fifteen minutes. Eat! (This is the boy child.)
5. You want dessert for eating breakfast? (The girl child.)
Sharon Z., author of Mommy Verbs blog
6. Donuts, ice-cream, pizza, PB&J, rinse, repeat.
Jennifer W., author of Pink When blog
7. I love this. I hate this.
Rachel A., author of Yellow Tennessee blog
8. Snack all day, skip my meals.
Jackie K., author of The Non-Martha Momma Blog
9. Like rapacious pirates with hollow legs.
Nicole G., author of Work in Sweats Mama blog
10. From ketchup sandwiches to filet Mignon.
Debbie, author of Deb Runs blog
11. Stop talking with your mouth full.
Kate H., author of Can I Get Another Bottle of Whine with my Morning Quiet Time? blog
12. But where does it all go?
Leslie A., author of Pampers, Play Dates & Parties blog
13. Sugar is the primary food group.
Andrea M., author of About 100% blog
14. Everything’s ok with butter and sugar. (Scarlet)
15. Shovel it in, spit it out. (Des)
Tamara B., author of Tamara Like Camera blog
16. Wait – food goes in your mouth?
Meredith S., author of The Mom of the Year blog
17. Two eat beautifully, one eats air.
Kathy R., author of My Dishwasher’s Possessed blog
18. Am I feeding kids, or vultures?
Gina T., author of Full of it blog
19. Eden hungry, August sticky, Titus picky.
Christina E., author of Letters from the Nest blog
20. Foodies all…no chicken nuggets here!
Michelle N., author of A Dish of Daily Life blog
21. May we have more sugar please?
Toby S., author of Dumbass News blog
22. Can I use one word? Junkies.
Melissa S., author of Home on Deranged blog
23. Oreo’s aren’t bribe enough for vegetables.
Kristi C., author of Finding Ninee blog
24. Frances: Eats so slowly; savoring each bite!
25. Henry: If I eat; I get candy!
26. Benjamin: Is it rice? If not, no!
Rabia L., author of The Lieber Family blog
27. Peanut butter & jelly sandwich. Now!
Norine M., creator of Science of Parenthood blog
28. For my boy, 14: There’s always Tony Chachere’s within reach.
29. For my girl, 11: Everything tastes better when it’s frozen.
Michele P., author of Old Dog New Tits blog
30. ONE BITE MUST OCCUR BEFORE REFUSAL.
Mel B., author of World According to Mags blog
31. Mom, quit smuggling broccoli into lasagna!
Tamara G., author of Confessions of a Part-time Working Mom blog
32. Elise wants her wings kinda messy.
33. Marie always dreams of crab legs.
34. Grace can destroy 10 chicken nuggets.
Eli P., author of Coach Daddy blog