*The Face Off*
Tonight's parenting wins :) I had such a pleasant day today. Spent some well deserved me time doing things I love which of course included cooking. I made a few new recipes: @minimalistbaker Lentil Fesenjan (pomegranate walnut stew) and I decided to make it into a super random combo with @ohsheglows Smashed Potatoes instead of rice. BOTH AMAZING!
Was a big hit with hubby, and I was hoping Bibi would eat as well. The brown look of the lentils did not appeal to her, but after sticking to my guns and refusing her request for Mac 'n cheeze (as shown in third pic, I made some homemade KD-style Mac'n cheeze earlier this week, with a mixed salad of quinoa and greens so of course she remembers lol)... She finally gave in and ate it. And guess what, she loved it and ate all her plate 😏
Parenting win #2
I even got inspired to surprise her with making these rice cake treats I saw on Pinterest. You basically take a rice cake, dip one side in melted chocolate, and add various toppings such as pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, coconut, goji berries, chopped dates, sunflower seeds... Such a great way to involve kids in the kitchen 😁 I find when I get her to help out in the kitchen, she is more likely to want to eat it. This requires patience (toddlers are not as efficient as a well greased sous-chef) but I know the reward is/will be hundred fold.
Parenting win #3
NO fussing/crying tonight!! I have been trying to be more intentional about my time with Bibi, as she requires so much of my attention at this stage, and because of the last highly stressful months, we noticed she had been fussing so much more.
I call this picture I took of Bibi's super entertaining imaginary play: the face off... I find that with a toddler, so many situations tend to be "a face off", a sort of power struggle that we as parents are determined to "win". Whether it's getting them to brush their teeth, put on their boots, or eat their food - anything can easily become a face off. This week by taking some good care of myself, and being more intentional with Bibi, I avoided a lot of face offs. I hope you find the strength and patience to do the same!
(sorry for the super long post :)