the no-grow blues

Oh, dinner time.

Do you recall Wednesday’s post on risotto? Well, there is more. Alice was shocked that I would expect her to actually consume more than that one, horrid mouthful. After a bit of whining, she did have two bites. I figured that was enough to ensure she actually did hate it, rather than simply hate the idea of it. So The Dada got her a bowl of cottage cheese.

See, our policy is if The Kidling tries her dinner and genuinely does not like it, then she can have something plain to fill her belly. One thing, decided by The Parents, that requires no preparation and isn’t terribly exciting.

Which is why the poor child got no turmeric on top.

Alice always gets a healthy sprinkling of turmeric on top of her cottage cheese because of this NYT article that brainwashed me back in 2008. And Alice loves it. Turmeric, that is. Not the New York Times. Duh.

The Kidling was not happy about her plain white cottage cheese. She took a few bites and then put her tiny little foot down. There was no way she would consume any more. So we told Alice to go to her room, because dinner was over for her.

And the shit hit the fan.

Crying, yelling, tantruming.* Tears streamed down Alice’s face as she wailed with despair, “But now I can’t grow big and strong today!” She sobbed, shaking every bone in her little kidling body. This was serious. We talked with her about her decision and the rules of the table. She repeated her heart-broken lament that this would be a day in which no growth occurred.

Then she hopped off my lap, wiped away her tears, and cheerfully asked, “Hey Mom! Can you play pet store after you’re done with dinner?”

So much for lessons learned.


* I am well aware of the fact that this is not a word. If, however, you parent a toddler, then you know full well that it should be.

About The Mamahttp://kidlingville.comProfessional talker, editor, emailer, problem solver, adjunct lecturer, blogger, and mother to the brilliantly absurd Kidling.

27 thoughts on “the no-grow blues

      • Le Mama,
        Is it just me too, or your awesome blog keeps on get awesomer, one post at a time?
        Le Clown

        • You sure know how to flatter a mama, Le Clown.

          I think the truth is that The Kidling keeps getting awesomer, thereby providing awesome material, hence awesomeifying the book of alice.


          • The Mama,
            That could be, too. But I find you have found your flow, and your writing sparkles (did I just write sparkle?).
            Le Clown

            • Oh, sparkles. I like sparkles. I have a particular fondness for sparkly writing. I am delighted that you found it in yourself to pass the sparkle-barrier and compliment me thus. Consider my day made.

  1. I really love how kids live in the moment. Shitty situation, displeasure voiced, message rec’d, and it’s on to the next moment. I’m thinkin’ there’s a lesson in there for us grown-ups. Maybe I’ll start with a little tantruming of my own now and again to get the ball rolling…. 🙂

  2. Nothing like a tantrum to dramatize the absolute. unequivocal awfulness of a situation only to move forward with the anticipation of a little pet store play afterwards.. Love this girl..

  3. Isn’t it amazing how these kids can go from 0 to 60 and then 360 in no time. Alice is one lovable girl :), mama and dada will have to keep up :).

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