Thursday, January 7, 2010

Braden Insists That You Share

My last post was about Braden eating chocolate. This post is about dining as well, because eating is important. If you don't believe me just ask my son.

I've written here many times that the little man loves to eat.  I can't think of anything that he doesn't like. Once at a sandwich shop Arica and I let him try one of our dill pickles. Admittedly we did it to satisfy our own curiosity. We didn't expect him to like it, and we thought it would be funny to see the face he made.  Well, the joke was on us. He loved it.  Just yesterday Arica bought him his own jar of dill pickle spears for the house.

The kid loves chocolate. He loves dill pickles. He will eat anything that is remotely chewable. So what is his favorite food? His favorite is anything that Mommy and Daddy are eating.  If you don't offer to share he will seek you out and ask for a sampling of your cuisine.  It doesn't really matter what you are eating. It can be anything from a ham sandwich to beef wellington. Braden insists that you share.

For example, Last night I was sauteing some shrimp and veggies. Braden toddled over to the foot of the stove, extended his little paw, and said "bite".  I couldn't give him any of the spicy shrimp so I needed to feed him something else.  I didn't have any kid friendly fare ready at the moment so it was either distract him or get beat up by a 14 month old kid. I quickly gave him a spoon so he could pretend to cook with me. Disaster averted.

These types of things make dinner time at our house a carefully planned affair. If we don't want an angry kid on our hands he better have something to munch on while we are eating. Many times he eats the same thing as we do, but not always.  On those nights it is absolutely necessary to cook him something too. If not he will make us pay.

It doesn't matter if he just polished off an entire meal 30 minutes earlier, he will want a bite of whatever your are eating. Consider this a warning. If you ever plan on visiting the Life of a New Dad household, do not bring along your lunch unless you plan to share.

11 comments:

WeaselMomma said...

I hope it stays that way. It's much better than having a picky eater. Imagine if you were growing at a rate proportional to what he is. You would want constant food too. BTW, I love pickles and chocolate too. The kid has good taste.

Brandy said...

that's so funny. grayson is kinda the same way. he had eaten all his dinner and I was finally eating a pbj sandwich like 45 minutes later and he threw a fit until i gave him a piece of bread too.

Jack said...

I was going to say the same thing about not having a picky eater. Mine started out willing to eat anything and have changed a bit.

But they still expect you to share anything that they like to eat.

PJ Mullen said...

We do the same thing, our son's favorite thing to eat is whatever we are as well. So, when he asked for some of my wife's salt and vinegar potato chips we gave him some just to see the face he'd make. He touched it to his tongue a few times, then started sucking on the chips until the flavor was gone before eating it. They always keep you guessing.

Brian Miller said...

nice. cole (my youngest) is the same way...he always steals out pickle when we go to the deli. logan on the other hand, you about have to force him to try things...other than chicken nuggets.

seashore subjects said...

Having a kid who chases you down and is willing to try new things is always better than the opposite! I think my 5 yo skips 5 dinners out of every 7 (good thing she can make PB&J since I will not cook 2 meals)

Bee said...

My niece is like that too! One time I picked her up and was chewing on some almonds and I had to stop her from prying my mouth open!

creative-type dad said...

That's great!
My kid use to be like that. And then she started preschool. Then everything had to be in the shape of a dinosaur.
Treasure these moments...

Tom said...

I like the way you averted disaster while cooking. Getting your kids into the kitchen early is great - provides you both good bonding time and allows passage of knowledge from one generation to the next. Keep up that spirit!

KWG said...

Bea loves all kinds of food too (in fact she's screamin' for dinner right now). Gotta love good eaters who also love to share.

SurprisedMom said...

I have a picky and a non-picky eater. The picky eater makes dinner. This way she'll eat what she cooks. Problem solved. Glad Braden is getting acquainted with the kitchen early. That's such a good thing. I shared a lot when the kids were younger, even my chocolate . . .