“I just want to be like everybody else!”
Little Peta (that’s what I call my daughter) stomps into the kitchen. I’m preparing her lunch and she’s upset. So even though it’s morning and lunches have to be made (we’re on a budget, just like everyone else) and breakfast has to be poured, shaken, or blended Little Peta wants to talk.
“Why can’t we have regular lunches like everyone else? Why can’t I eat in the cafeteria? Why can’t I just have a bag of chips?
I look at my daughter who has taken to this vegetarian thing like err… a fish to water? “You wanted this,” I say as I spoon pasta salad into her thermos. “You wanted to bring vegetarian lunches, what’s the problem?”
“I want regular Cheez-its, not that organic kind and I want cookies that come in a bag, and I want to bring a Lunchable.”
I look at my now eight-year-old daughter and see the seeds of teen-dom, the ‘I just want to be like everyone else’ syndrome.
So what’s a mom to do? Do I not trust my daughter to make the right food choices? Moderation is key? Is there a slippery slope of junk food?
“Lunchables are full of sodium and meat,” I tell her. Hoping that she will change her mind.
“Not all of them.” She spins on her heels and walks out of the kitchen, and I pick up a pencil and put “Lunchable” on the grocery list.
I did say that we were “flexitarians” right?