Hi, I’m Kathleen and I’m a single mother of 3 kids and most days I feel like I’m spinning around in circles trying to force a meal down my kid’s throats. I used to pride myself on my patience, creativity and being the Mom who made fun treats to bring to my kid’s classes for parties and birthdays.
Nowadays, I feel like none of those things pertain to me. It was a lot easier to run my home when I was married. Back then I didn’t know by the time I was in my 40’s I’d be divorced. Don’t worry, I’m not here for a woe is me rant, it was amicable and unlike the vast majority of divorced couples, my ex husband and I have a great relationship. But back in my married days I had more free time to try cute ways to get my kids to eat their veggies and make homemade laundry detergent and fabric softener to save a few $$.
I even made over a hundred Christmas ornaments to hand out to all the sweet high schoolers that worked in the preschool my littles went to. And I enjoyed these things, I LOVED creating and making the kids smile.
Now, my kids are lucky if they can even get me to show up at their school with a box of store-bought cookies to hand out to their classmates. And before there’s any judgement, at least I ask the teacher if there are kids with allergies, so they aren’t left out.
I can’t help but wonder if they lack interest in food because of me, if they’re picky eaters because I don’t try as hard anymore. It’s not because I don’t want to, I just find it hard to make the time.
Between working 2 jobs, doing all the housework myself and driving each kid to a sport practice of some sort at least 4 days a week, how could I possibly squeeze in mealtimes and feedback from them? I’ve thought about it many times but just haven’t pushed myself enough to make it a reality.
But that stops NOW! I must do something, or they’ll forever be picky little stinkers that will grow up to be picky big stinkers that won’t try anything. Oh and did I mention I also have a dog? He’s lucky he’s so cute and I love him like a crazy person, he’s kind of the only thing keeping me sane right now.