Now I admit, I probably didn’t approach the issue in the best way. I should have known. It’s not as if I’m particularly new to this parenting lark. I know the rules. Parenting Rule number 537 states that a short sharp, direct approach, out of the blue, will not seamlessly shift offspring on to the next stage of development. Too quick. Too sudden.
No. It requires carefully placed, crafted hints being casually dropped for weeks beforehand. Like a trail of breadcrumbs leading them to their own discovery of the need to move up a level. Preparing the ground. I knew that. I’m not a rookie.
Not that that stopped me. When I look back, I made the classic mistake and I was doomed to fail from the moment I drew breath to speak.
All three offspring were in the kitchen. I seized the moment. I announced, in a nonchalent manner, that everyone was too old for chocolate advent calendars this year. My follow up argument about single use plastic would have won them over, but I played it too late. I felt some of them sway. Alas, by then, the battle had already been lost. Apparently, and this is the moment I knew I was defeated, I was on route to ruining their childhoods forever. (again)
I wonder which page of the childhood manual that gem is printed on.
Anyway, this partly explains why I ended up in the kitchen with my 13 year old, one evening, making chocolate. Continue reading
As if we need anything else to encourage the children to eat strawberries! If we had a magically filling strawberry bowl, my children would eat little else.
One thing I have noticed is that a little bit of strawberry is left, by the children, around the leafy top. Seems a waste, so I was intrigued when I saw this idea to use a straw to hull a strawberry. (Apologies, but I really cannot remember where I first saw it.). I usually use my thumb nail to remove the leaves, but it soon hurts if I’m preparing lots of strawberries for jam. This way is quick and easy.
Push the straw through the strawberry, starting at the bottom of the strawberry, and out pops the leaves, or strawberry hats as we call them, with the core of the strawberry. Once the berry is eaten the core can be nibbled off and nothing but the leaves are left.
Hold the straw up to your mouth and just a little bit of juice falls out. Perfectly yummy! The children love it. I see chocolate or cream piped into this hole. Maybe a lollipop stick and then the strawberry dipped in chocolate and rolled in ground almonds…….