Friday, August 1, 2008

I'm a Crust Cutter... and I'm Proud

Friday’s confession…

OK folks, brace yourselves, this is a big one. I, um… cut the crust off of my kids’ sandwiches. Gasp!

I know, I know. What kind of mother am I, right? Catering to their every whim. It’s just that I don’t particularly like the crust on my sandwiches either, but I’m a grown up now so chopping the ends off of my bread seems a bit, well, childish. So, I eat mine – sometimes – and cut theirs off since I know they don’t like it.

While I’m telling on myself, I might as well admit that I don’t make them eat things that they don’t like either. Gasp! Gasp! OK, please don’t take my Mom Card – I didn’t say that I don’t make them eat; I make them try things, but if they truly don’t like them then I don’t force them to eat it.

That’s probably because I remember sitting at the kitchen table for what seems like hours with a plate of cold lima beans and chicken livers in front of me that I was told I had to eat before I could get up. Yuck.

There are many things that my parents did that I swore I would never do and of course I find myself doing most of them. But, this is not one of them. I kept my promise and am not sad to say that a chicken liver has never graced my kitchen table.

Thank goodness for my parents, my mother-in-law and my husband because they expose the kids to foods that I don’t particularly like. I do my best to use my poker face and let them form their own opinions, but I’m quick to come to their rescue if they sit down with a big old bowl of Brussels sprouts and find out their little tastebuds don’t quite like them.

How about you? Are you a crust cutter or food forcer? Finicky-eating moms want to know…

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

8 comments:

My Goodness said...

Found you through Jenny...

YES!! I am a crust-cutter as well!! I do not make them eat things they don't like, but if I KNOW they like it and they've just piddled until it go cold, I do make them eat some of it.

Love this post!!
Have a great weekend!
Tina

Wifey said...

Hi My Goodness, thanks for coming over - smiles! I do the same thing, they can sit in front of a piece of pizza all night long - I KNOW they like pizza - smiles!

CP said...

I call it "picking my battles". Why force a battle over something you know is not going to end well for anyone? I'm just like you in that I expect the kids to try something but am not going to force them to eat something I know they don't like. As a child, my "chicken livers" was milk. I hated milk. Still do as an adult. (well, unless you put a couple of espresso in it; then I'm good to go).

Amanda Cowan said...

I'm a card-carrying-crust-cutter. I too have terrible nightmares about sitting in a dark dining room empty except for me and the dreaded pile of lima beans. Oh the horror.

Ashley said...

We're so not of the "force them to eat it" generation. I don't think that works, anyway. It's much better to allow them to develop tastes for things. The best examples have to be parents who eat well, right?

Lu said...

hey! there is no shame in being a crust cutter...i used to do it for my middle one all the time. now, she suddenly loves the crust.

MoziEsmé said...

Crust cutter here. Whatever it takes to get my baby to eat. Though my take on it is to eat her crust myself! And I'm hoping she'll learn from example one of these days.

kaybee + rnb said...

girl! i used to cut, but now my girl just eats to the crust and leaves it. she doesn't complain(probably because she knows it will get her nowhere), so it's worked out for me! my boy didn't like crust for a long time, but now he eats it all.