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Bad influences

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I am a bad influence on children and dogs. I don't even own any dogs. But it's true. When I see a happy puppy, I want to play with it, get it riled up and excited you know, not calm and sedate like many people like their dogs. I don't mind puppy kisses, and I kind of want to give them treats for no good reason other than the fact that they are dogs and therefore awesome. I inject chaos into the lives of dog owners.

And with our kids it's much the same. I like to rile them up, play with them until they are giggling and out of breath and absolutely fired up. I'm the person who taught them how to pillow fight. I taught them that beds were bouncy, that splashing is fun and we all know most kids don't need encouragement to splash in puddles.

And it extends to food. I try to be good, I really do. I would desperately like to say that I have an iron will when it comes to sharing my food with them. But that's lying. You see, my son actually eats his food. I'll spend an hour plus making mac and cheese, shepherd's pie or spaghetti, and he will down it and ask for seconds. No prompting, no cajoling, no muss. I love it. And with his good eating record, I'm inclined to share my food because I like sharing with him.

And everything I don't have to do with my son, I have to try in spades with my girls. New foods are evil. If it isn't in the graham cracker, cheese or oatmeal food groups, they don't want it. At all. Not even a taste, not even a look. Back arching, face averted, teeth clenched 'No, Mama!' followed immediately by, 'bread?'

So when they ask to try a new food that I'm eating, I have a hard time saying no. They definitely eat the lion's share of my PB&B on toast. And I'm not even mad. I know it's going to bite me in the rear, though. Basically, whenever I try to eat something, drink something, scarf a cookie in the kitchen while they watch TV, I hear, 'Try it? Try it?'

It's like intentionally teaching your puppy to beg typically filed under 'not a good idea.' But I can't stop. I try, periodically, but I can't even when my husband gives me the 'Really?' look. They're eating!

And honestly, I've noticed the girls trying more things. Apparently, it sometimes takes up to 15 tries to introduce a new food successfully to a child. Fifteen? They'll be getting ready to move out by the time they decide to try pizza.

But hopefully, it won't be long before they realize that we actually eat some pretty good things. And most of the time, I'm eating the same thing that they have on their plates.

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