Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Exceptions to the Rules

The other day I had a hankering for a hamburger. I'm not one to eat at a drive-though so I found myself at Seattle Burger Company.  I got myself a burger and fries and Lorelei two mini cheese burgers with milk and orange slices.

When we got home I plowed into mine but Lorelei just wrinkled her nose at her plate.  I realized as we were sitting there that she has so rarely had (or even seen) hamburgers that they just looked totally unappealing to her.

If you've been reading my blog or know me personally, you know that my rule at the table once dinner is served that, "This Is Dinner".  No exceptions.  But this night, when my daughter just didn't want to eat the junk food that I had placed in front of her, I didn't force the issue.  I asked her what she wanted for dinner and she got it.

Me: One gross burger with the weird 'house' mayonnaise and fries.
Lorelei: Blueberries and yogurt.

I was proud of my girl for wanting fruit and not a burger.  I also felt a sense of accomplishment.  Yay!

Mom's Tip
Burgers for dinner is a fun thing to do from time to time.  Just remember that it is a meal best kept for maybe once a month (or even less in our case).  Takeaway burger joints are offering 'healthy' options for kids' meals these days.  My advice, take 'em and share a fry or two with your kiddo instead of giving them a whole order.