My daughter is five. She recently started kindergarten and we have settled into a morning routine. She usually has cereal for breakfast.
This morning she didn’t finish it. I saw that bowl with milk and little “o”s in it and I got mad. “I work for the money for that food!” “Why is she wasting food?” She doesn’t intend those things though.
Why was I mad? I was mad because I would never have done that. I filled the bowl and sprinkled sugar on it and drank down every last drop of milk. Why? Because I was hungry. She’s not finishing it because she isn’t hungry for it.
My kid has enough to eat. She eats when she is hungry and stops when she is full. We make sure that she gets enough protein and eats vegetables and don’t make her clean her plate.
I get frustrated when she doesn’t eat a lot or rejects food without trying it. Her tastes and appetite change. But sometimes she’s not hungry and that’s a good thing.
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I will be jogging the Oakland Hella-Ween 5k on October 25th with Pippi and my awesome and much beloved BOB Stroller. Now I’m on the hunt for a similar race for November 8th. Even if I don’t find an official race, I’ll be getting my jog on, on November 8th!
I am lucky to have a toddler who asks to go running with me and will happily sit in the stroller for almost two hours while I get the miles in. I used to run with my kid in the jogging stroller a lot. I don’t do it as much these days because I’m running at lunch during the work day or I’m running double digits on trails and single track to prep for a trail race. While I love my BOB stroller, I accept its limitations.
When my half marathon is done, I will be getting more stroller time in. For extra credit I will also take the dog with us. Multitasking can be crappy and it can be awesome. Getting my training, having time with my daughter (we chat about the scenery), getting the dog walked, and giving my stay at home spouse some quiet alone time is the good kind of multitasking.