Well I am going to share a little secret with all of you. I am TERRIBLE at making sure that we have a descent dinner! I wish I could say I have a beautiful healthy meal on the table each night, but I jut cant! Most days it a miracle if I figure out what we are going to eat before 3pm! I know I know.....its not rocket science! So I am going to change this! I can cook! In fact it is something I am rather good at. I have recently read Bringing Up Bebe. This book has had a TON of controversy and yet the bits I read about it sounded great! It was! I really agreed with so much of what she had to say about parenting in France. I know that this isn't what everyone there does and maybe its not even what is accurately French, but I really didn't care! I wanted what she described about the kids behavior that she saw. There was alot of wisdom in this book about how kids learn to eat, how kids learn to experience their world, and about how they need a firm solid frame of guidance around their freedom! I was really surprised at what I was able to pull from this book and it has really made me think alot about things here and how I do them. I want to be a better mom and this book really allowed me see a place to start! It showed me how to have authority, but to still allow my kids the freedoms they need to be the people that God wants them to be. This issue is something that I have struggled with for a long while. How do you maintain authority and yet allow for personal freedom? As a Montessori homeschooler, freedom is the corner stone of the method, yet with too much freedom our home falls apart in every area. This book talks about the cadre, the solid frame of expectations that children are expected to respect. These are rules that are unbendable and never change ( no hitting, meal times, tones of voice, etc) However, the children are allowed total freedom within this frame. They play and experience their world happily and safely with in the cadre. I love this! I love the idea of a set of rules and total freedom inside that frame! The french (according to the book) view discipline as education. They are educating, not punishing! It really gave me some good ways at looking parenting.
Another thing that I think really made me think in this book was about food! French and food is a love relationship! They love food....they love to eat, to cook, to talk about, and share it! I don't! But when the author talked about how they introduce their kids to all kind of food, even if they don't like it, it made me think! The government run childcare places have 4 course lunches for their kids, even the babies! They serve the kids leeks, veggies of all types, and meats that have been prepared alot of different ways! As I read this I realized that I don't think I have eaten a leek! This is part of everyday life for the kids there! They also are more interested in eating these new food, because they don't snack more then once a day! There are no baggies of cheerios, no grabbing a cheese stick, no bags of chips. They eat breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner. So with this amazingly diverse menu and with no endless eating, they are healthy and love a lot of different foods! Here, like I said, I really don't cook as I should. So I am going to change this! I am going to think ahead, make good food, eat more veggies, and to really try new things! So today the girls and I headed to the store. We bought all kinds of new thing that we never do. I bought herbs (fresh ones), rice vinegar, wine, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, sugar snap peas, and fresh bread! I also let Bunny pick out some thing she thought were cool! She wanted baby stir- fry corn, and purple carrots (I have never seen these so I will have to let you know how they turn out)! So we are going to experimenting and trying out some fun new food! I hope with alot more effort on my part and with some beautiful food, we can all learn to like new food and open ourselves up to new tastes! I plan to take some pictures of what I make and try to document what we eat and how it tastes! Maybe it will be good, maybe not! We will see, but we will eat!
Now for a shameless begging for ideas or recipes for some good food! If you have something that is really wonderful or something that you think should be wonderful, please leave a comment and tell me all about it! Maybe its a great way to cook veggies, maybe its a meat or fish, or maybe its just a dessert! ;) I am looking for recipes and would love to know what you love to eat! I hope to hear from you! Happy Cooking!