I love that our son Brian, and our daughter-in-law, Melissa, are modeling and teaching good eating habits to Owen, who is 2 years old.
I spent last weekend with them. One of the things I love to do when I am there, is get up with Owen when he first wakes up. There’s nothing like walking into his bedroom, seeing the big smile on his face, hearing him say, “Hi, Grandma!,” and watching him jump up ready to start his day. (Besides that, Mom and Dad get to sleep a little longer.)
Once I got Owen changed and out into the family room (which he refers to as his “play room”), I asked if he wanted me to fix him some scrambled eggs. “No, I want a protein shake,” he said. Hmmm… “I don’t know how to fix your protein shakes, Owen. How about a banana?” “No,” he said. “I want goji berries.” Well, I didn’t even know what goji berries were until a few months ago, when he enlightened me. I told him I didn’t know where the goji berries were, and he said he would show me… which he did. They were right next to the walnuts, cashews, and almonds (one of his favorite “desserts”), as he pointed out to me.
I gave him a few goji berries. Not long after that Melissa woke up, and Owen got his protein shake. I was in the living room, and I heard him talking to Melissa. I couldn’t quite make out what he was asking; but a few minutes later, he approached me. Our conversation went like this:
Owen: “Grandma, can I have some goji berries?”
Me: “Mommy is in charge of the goji berries.” Owen gave me a funny look and seemed to be thinking; so I asked him, “Do you know what that means?”
Owen: “… (sigh)… Yes. That means it’s not time for more goji berries yet.”
Well, how about an orange instead? I mean after all, not only is it healthy; but once you’ve finished eating the orange, you can use the peel as a telephone.
Those are good eating habits for a child! Gosh!
Isn’t it great to approach a little one, either first thing in the morning or after being away. I was gone a few days and missed my grandson so badly by the time I got back, I went and picked him up from daycare. I went to his classroom and peeked in the door, which was only open about 4 inches. I saw him right there! My heart sang! It only took him a moment to see me, then, that face turned into the biggest smile! His little legs were pumping in his little seat with glee and he was so happy! We went right home and hung out.
I used to feed him his dinner. It was time for us and it let mommy have some time for her. We started listening to metal music and ‘head banging’ while he ate. It was so much fun!
Oh, listen to me! LOL I get the granny thing – BIG TIME! If I had known grandchildren were so much fun, I would have had them first! LOL
Thanks for a wonderful post!
I love using the orange peelings as a telephone! 🙂 I love this story. It sure put a smile on my face!
LOL! Yes, his Dad was pushing Owen in the stroller, and head Owen saying, “HI Daddy, what are you doing?”… and when Brian looked around to see what Owen was doing, he saw his using the orange peel as a telephone. He’s got a great imagination. 🙂
Wonderful! My soon to be college bound daughter has been whole-food plant-based since birth and is incredibly healthy. I would caution about too much protein, however. Starting them that young on all that protein (from the shakes) is setting him up for kidney issues in the future. I strongly recommend the book Proteinaholic by Dr. Garth Davis – an excellent read!
Thanks for the information and recommendation.