Tuesday, July 03, 2007

No Learning! More Junk Food!

Bump and I try to limit Lumpyhead’s television watching. We typically don’t let him watch during meals, and often use videos as an incentive to get him to eat. We offer “More Thomas if you finish your bread,” barely disguising the desperate “please please please eat you skinny, skinny child” in our voices. Lumpyhead has latched on to They Might Be Giant’s “Here Come the ABCs” as a new favorite, and spent most of last week begging for it.

One morning Bump told Lumpyhead “No ABCs until you finish your donut,” then wondered how we would talk our way out of that A-Plus Parenting quote. I didn’t bat an eye when he said it, and had I been asked my opinion on the matter, would have just nodded vigorously.

“He’s on vacation!”
“He’s too skinny!”
“He already knows the alphabet!”

Um, I guess none of those are terribly convincing. Maybe I shouldn’t have just told the whole internet.


Em said...

I hear you. And have certainly uttered many ridiculous things to Lucy to get her to eat or finish less than ideal concoctions like her current stand by, bagels with Nutella.

Offer the kid more tofu, doesn't he like that?

Mrs. Incredible said...

I have a kid who survives on quesadillas and drink yogurt. I feel your pain.

Violet said...

I'm finding it harder and harder to limit my daughter's tv/DVD exposure, probably because I'm an addict myself. But it doesn't help that she usually eats more when watching a DVD, than when she isn't.

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

Ian eats so much fruit (which leads to high level code browns) that I have actually said "No more peaches. Wouldn't you like some doritos instead?"

I can't judge you.