Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.

8.29.2005

Food wars

Hot Rod doesn't realize the opponent he faces with Army of Dad. While the stubborn six-year-old has been winning some battles, the war is FAR from over.

AoD defeated Pickle in Food Wars 1. Hot Rod has yet to be defeated. He has lost battles, but not the war yet.

He is standing against a formidable foe. I pity the child. Really, I do. He is so stubborn though. I anticipate this war dragging on. I hope we don't lose public support either. The media will rally to the cause of the child who is forced to eat hot dogs or go hungry.

Saturday and Sunday, both days, we were eating hot dogs for lunch. First off, it is what we had that was simple and quick and we were hot and tired from soccer. Well, Hot Rod doesn't do hot dogs. You would have thought we were making the child eat spinach, broccoli and liver all rolled into one big casserole (or hot dish to you yankees). So, the child, gagged, spit, cried, etc. at the thought of eating one small bite of hot dog. Both days, sent to his room crying with nothing to eat.

I foresee the protests to AoD's dictatorship that the child must eat what he is fed. I see the media rallying to the poor child's protestations that he doesn't want to eat a bite of hot dog.

It will be called Hot Rod's hunger strike support group ... they'll plop down on our front yard with protest songs. Cookie Monster will come and strum his guitar singing "C is for cookie, it's good enough for me."

AoD - you food terrorist. Making your child try bites of food and then letting him go hungry when he refuses.

*I'm just glad AoD hasn't tried this on me.*

15 Comments:

  • At 1:00 PM, August 29, 2005, Anonymous Army of Dad said…

    Be careful with the food terrorist labels or you too might feel my wrath.

    You are either with me or against me.

     
  • At 1:04 PM, August 29, 2005, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    Baby, I'm definitely with you. I don't want my kids to have my food issues.

     
  • At 3:26 PM, August 29, 2005, Blogger Uzz said…

    Broccoli is the food of Satan

     
  • At 4:45 PM, August 29, 2005, Anonymous La La said…

    Gee whiz, hot dogs are gross. I am on Hot Rod's side. Poor kid, tell him he can come live with me.

     
  • At 5:07 PM, August 29, 2005, Blogger cashin said…

    Ahhh the memories, I sat at my dad's table for 2 whole hours until I finally ate brussel sprouts as a kid. But now we have united against a common enemy, one so sinister I tremble at the thought of uttering it's name, but for the sake of this blog...I must

    The Onion

     
  • At 5:14 PM, August 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    First of all..has he ever even TRIED a hot dog? If not- I am soooo with you. On the other hand, if he has tried one and doesnt like it- that is pitiful! Making him eat something that he does not like! If that's the case, AOD- you need to be tied up and fed some beetles or other nasty critters. Third world country's do it.

     
  • At 5:28 PM, August 29, 2005, Anonymous Army of Dad said…

    Dude, I have eaten bugs before. And spinach and brussel sprouts and...suffice to say I have eaten some really nasty crap even before I got a look at the gruel they passed off as food during basic training.

    We are simply not going to prepare different meals for everyone in the house. He can choose to not eat it, but that is all he will be offered.

    Oh and mister anonymous his doctor has told us to offer him nothing but meat at some meals since he generally turns it down and he should be getting more protein.

    There will be lots of times he has to do something he doesn't want to do. To borrow from our cousins across the pond, Sod off you wanker!

     
  • At 5:41 PM, August 29, 2005, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    No, it isn't that the child doesn't like hot dogs, he's never tried one. That is all we're trying to get the kid to do - just try these things. I'm not fixing up heaping helpings of things he doesn't like. We just want him to try these things. And, you know what? It is good for a kid to learn to tolerate these foods because there are certain social situations where you need to be able to choke down a salad or something you don't like so you don't look like a clod. I'm always embarrassed at luncheons because I can't eat salad. I just gag when I try, but I feel like had I been made to eat this stuff as a kid, I would be better prepared as an adult to deal with it.

    *putting the soapbox away and heading to the kitchen to make dinner*

     
  • At 6:16 PM, August 29, 2005, Blogger Alli said…

    What kid doesn't like hot dogs? Geez, my nephew eats them like they're going out of style!

    Make Hot Rod eat them. They won't kill him and might help him learn that life is full of things we don't like but have to do anyway. :)

     
  • At 8:30 AM, August 30, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    AoD, chill out! I was not hatin' on you.I was kidding when I said tie you up, but you CLEARLY did not get it. Golly, you are uptight. Call me a wanker? You need a beer and some stress relief. *wink wink*
    I totally agree with making him try something new

     
  • At 4:25 PM, August 30, 2005, Anonymous skywind said…

    My son is HotDog's age. I wouldn't fix something I know he doesn't like (as opposed to hasn't tried) and expect him to eat it. Would you treat a friend you had invited to your house for dinner that way? Then why do it to your kids?

    Now, if he's just being picky and complains that he's hungry, I tell him, "this is what we're having." If he refuses to eat it, I tell him he must not be that hungry--oh well. I'm not a short-order cook. But since I have food issues myself, I am wary of requiring kids to eat anything for reasons other than genuine hunger. It leads to problems later on.

    JMHO

     
  • At 10:21 PM, August 30, 2005, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    We don't make anything that any of the kids hates and my philosophy is that if you are hungry enough, you will eat what is cooked. For things like trying the hot dog, we made Hot Rod a deal - if you try one bite of hot dog, we'll make you mac and cheese (his favorite). So, all he had to do was choke down one bite of it. We even made it a tiny bite and handed him a drink, so he could chew it up and wash it down quickly.

    He still hasn't put 2 and 2 together to realize that this is how he has figured out that he likes some of the foods that I make.

    I'm a VERY VERY VERY picky eater, so I don't make them eat anything they don't want. I just want them to try things and if they TRULY hate it, then don't eat that night. If you're hungry enough you will eat.

    The pediatrician actually told me to not fix Hot Rod anything but meat for dinner and do it till he finally was hungry enough to eat it. That was when the child was 3 or younger. So ...

     
  • At 7:23 AM, August 31, 2005, Anonymous Army of Dad said…

    Skywind I wouldn't send a friend to their room or spank them if they behaved poorly. You analogy sucks. Feel free to try again, but only if you can make a cogent point.

    For the rest of those siding with the 6 year old: My policy will not change. If I make something I know he doesn't like he will still have to eat it or go hungry. I will not make multiple meals to try and satisfy every picky eater in the house. They are my children and will do as they are told. If they choose not to then they choose to suffer any consequences.

     
  • At 7:58 AM, August 31, 2005, Anonymous skywind said…

    AoD, you will note that I said I will not be a short-order cook, and I don't fix multiple meals either. But I would not deliberately make something my child dislikes and order him to eat it, just to prove I'm the boss.

    How you choose to run your house and treat your children is your business. But if you're going to post about it, you might get comments you disagree with. So what? It's your family, do what you want.

     
  • At 9:26 AM, August 31, 2005, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    Time-out.

    Everyone has their own way of doing things and, of course, we all think our way is the right way. AoD and I were raised completely differently in the way we were fed. He was given what they grew in the yard most of the time and he ate it or it was on his plate until he did - even if it was three meals later. Me, on the other hand, was cooked special meals if I didn't like what everyone else was eating.

    So, we've worked on some compromises. Often, we simply require the child to taste whatever is on the menu that night and if he doesn't like it, then we might allow him something else if he at least tried it. Other times, we put the meal on the table and you can eat it or choose to go to bed hungry that night.

    I asked our pediatrician what do to about and he agreed that this was a fine way of handling it and we weren't going to starve or injure the children in any fashion.

    We hope and believe that we are doing the best thing for our children by helping them learn to choke down foods whether they like them or not. We don't force anyone to eat anything. We give them choices, but sometimes they don't like the choices.

    and, skywind touched on a subject that I often struggle with - and that is posting family type stuff on here. I do post personal things, but I never do it to put myself out there for criticism. I sort of figure if someone doesn't like the way I do things, they'll just simply pass on by. I went to a blog yesterday where this woman (won't call her a mom) posted pics of her 12-year-old kid shooting the finger. I fought the urge to post on there what a horrible excuse for a mother I think she is that she would think that type of behavior is funny and something to show the world. I simply chose to go on to the next page.

    *shrug*

    Didn't think this would generate the kind of emotions that it has!!!

    Wow.

    I've closed the comments to prevent AoD's blood pressure from rising. ;)

     

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