Day three of my little experiment and I’m realizing that I might just be on to something. I’m finding that my focus just might be shifting. I’m actually starting to look at the positive things FIRST rather than seeing the negatives before anything else! Yay! If this is working after 3 days I wonder how I’m going to feel after 3 months?? I’m going to be a ball of positivity!!
My happy thought today is two-fold.
I am happy that both my children are GREAT eaters. I do not ever have to stress about what I’m going to feed my children because they will eat just about anything I put in front of them. There has been the odd time that Mr. T. will spit something out and say I don’t like that. I then take it away from him and say Ok you don’t have to eat it. I’m not going to force him to eat something he doesn’t like. I know that he eats pretty much everything so why force him if he doesn’t like it?
Ms. J. is even better! She actually ate a whole hamburger the other day. A whole homemade hamburger, half a bun and all her veggies. Then she munched on some fruit and yogurt like there was still plenty of room in there for more.
I am so happy that I don’t have to fight with my kids to eat, worry that they aren’t eating nutritious foods and be afraid that they aren’t getting all of the nutrients they need to feed their bodies and minds. Dinner time is not a stressful time in my family. I’m not forced to make multiple meals (I don’t think I would do that anyways but just sayin…) My kids sit at the table with us, eat what is in front of them (for the most part), talk with us, they don’t ask to watch tv, play with toys or do anything other than eat and chat. They tell us when they are done and ask if they can get down…well Mr. T does..Ms. J just sits in her high chair until we take her out. Regardless, they are not up and down and running around the table. I’m not sure why I’ve been so lucky in this respect but I am and it’s wonderful!
My second part of this is that I am unbelievably grateful that my family and I have more than enough food to eat. Watching the news lately and seeing the famine going on in Africa makes me realize that there are so many families out there who don’t have enough food on the table every day. Parents who are watching their children literally starve to death. I can’t imagine feeling more hopeless as a parent. I can’t imagine watching my children suffer like that and know that there is absolutely nothing I can do about it.
No child should ever go hungry. How do we let this happen? I was moved to tears recently watching the news and seeing images of mothers holding their emaciated children. As I sat on the couch munching on a late night snack, I felt horrible that we throw away sooo much food and there are people who don’t know when their next meal will be. I made a note to bring a donation to my local food bank, there is hunger going on everywhere I would like to do my small part.
So today I will give thanks for the fact that I am able to feed my children both because they eat with no fuss and because we have enough food available to us that we never have to go hungry. If you are in the same boat, give thanks that you are also blessed. And if you are able, maybe even give a donation to help a fellow parent feed their hungry child.