Thursday, February 14, 2008

Pot calls the kettle black!

I read to KB while giving him breakfast (Ok folks, I am not good a food training, I have to read and play music to feed him! No TV is the best I can do!). On good days, it goes smoothly and we read book after book until he is done. Some days, there are interruptions to go get him his favorite car for him to thumb on the wheels...a music CD to be changed according to his request, a sudden sneeze and splatter that requires me to get a tissue and clean up - all in the middle of giving him his cereal. I try to be patient - not because it comes naturally but because if I am impatient, it only makes matters worse. But on some days, I just cannot find it in me to be patient and I yell or lecture to him on and on about how he is now a big boy and he needs to really eat fast, eat on his own etc.

Anyways - one of the books he has been reading lately is a book called "Time for bed" - which he calls "Thaachi time" book. In it are pictures of a mother asking her daughter to go to bed, while the kid keeps delaying by asking her mother for this and that. On one page, finally when the child settles into bed, she asks her mother, "What were you like mom as a little girl? Did you like to go to bed or did you want to play instead?". This is one of KB's favorite pages. He always pauses on this page a little longer and says "Did you like to Thaachi mamma?"...

This morning, breakfast was not moving fast. He kept looking at the pictures in his books, narrating stories but the cereal was sitting tight in one corner of his mouth. After nearly half an hour of this, I began my "you should eat fast" lecture and was looking positively annoyed. I told him, "KB nee romba paduthre KB! You have to be a good boy OK!" (you are troubling mamma too much, you should be a good boy. Suddenly, he turned to me and said "Did you like to be a good boy Mamma?"!

Wow - was he really wondering? I don't know what he had in mind when he asked me that. He was just asking in the same tone with which we read that particular book. It's just that he asked me that question at the right moment! Somehow that made me stop. Yes, because I know how much I have troubled my mom about eating. And here I was telling him that he should eat fast/well and not trouble Mamma. No dear, I was not a good boy (well, girl!). But what's a mother to do?! I can't tell him to follow in my foot steps and be a picky eater! I just repeated after him and said, "Did you like to be a good boy? Yes! I liked to be a good boy!"

12 comments:

Aryan said...

Thachhi time book..That is relly funny..No wonder KB is not eating fast...Got the genes from his Mom ahha
Aryan's mom

bird's eye view said...

Yup, with kids it's payback time allright. I believe I used to pain the bejasus out of my mother at mealtimes - she used to have to invite a neighbour's kid over every single day and make us compete to finish faster - that's the only thing that worked. Well, Chubbocks annoys me thoroughly over his eating habits...

Preethi said...

that was too cute.. did you like to be a good boy amma??! too good! Hey waiting for the tag!!!

noon said...

Aryan - funny though - this morn I was telling my mom about him and she said "I don't know what I would have done if you had taken this** long to eat" Guess we all forget the pain we go through!

Bev: I know - I keep telling my nephew - he was such a hyper kid - I threaten him that his kid will give it all back with interest! :)
We should all meet up when our kids are in college and hopefully by then we would have stopped feeding them!:)

Preethi - Preethi dear Preethi - I responded to one of your comments and I mentioned that I did this tag a few weeks back. Think you didn't read my response to your comment! I have not finished reading your posts in the tag yet...will do so soon..

DotMom said...

hahahahahhahaa. and now if you post one more entry on how picky KB is and his mealtime woes.. I am telling your lil secret to KB. I swear :D

Neera said...

hahaha ..karma at work here! And you know everyone actually forgets what they went through when their child was 2/3 year old. (this is in response to aryan's comment above). Nothing else explains my mom or mom-in-law telling me that I need to loosen up with Vansh.

Neera said...

Hey incidentally you are tagged!

noon said...

Dotmom - OK, I will shut up now - don't tell him I was bad! :)
Oh but give me some credit - aside from my rants I have written a lot of nice things about him too! :)

Neera - Seriously, one must forget.
But some things - like having two kids - I very well feel the pain but I still tell my friends (who want two) to just go for it w/out thinking!

noon said...

Dotmom - OK, I will shut up now - don't tell him I was bad! :)
Oh but give me some credit - aside from my rants I have written a lot of nice things about him too! :)

Neera - Seriously, one must forget.
But some things - like having two kids - I very well feel the pain but I still tell my friends (who want two) to just go for it w/out thinking!

Cantaloupes.Amma (CA) said...

No matter how much we have troubled our parents, we want the least trouble from our kids ... don't we? But alas .. just wishful thinking!!

Cantaloupe says Thachhi as well for sleeping ... for the past week and a half, dinner time has become a nightmare. We have started this new policy where everyone sits on the dining table and everyone has dinner together (meaning Cantaloupe is not fed anymore) No more music .. no more books and No MORE TV ... its proving quite a challenge.

noon said...

CA - yeah, I know - we have to lecture to them as if we were perfect as children! Then and now! :)
Oh wow - eating on her own challenge - please let me know if you succeed. I will also try it once KB turns three..and hopefully can understand more?!

Lavs said...

Now the cat is out of the bag. ha ha ha.