Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Be Careful What You Wish For

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I also have a family pizza party that I'm giving away here.


In my house, the rule is that you have to try whatever's on your plate. While that rule has changed slightly over time and become more precise as needed, the wee ones have generally been pretty good about following it.

There have always been some exceptions, and some items that the wee ones just aren't interested in. If I see a legitimate item that I don't feel that they'd enjoy, I don't push it.

Sushi is one of those foods. As much as I'd love for the wee ones to enjoy sushi - giving me an excuse to eat it more often - they've always been turned off by the texture of the nori and the raw fish. I sighed and then continued my merry way eating whatever maki happened to be on my plate.

Not so much anymore.

Both wee ones have decided they now like sushi. Mister Man started with the tekka don (tuna slices served over rice with no nori) but has now moved on to both salmon and tuna maki.

Little Miss skipped the tekka don stage and simply decided that she now enjoys sushi.

The entertaining bit for me is that the wee ones have obviously absorbed what I've preached about sushi. Even when they weren't eating it, they'd ask me what I was doing with my chopsticks and why. It's sunk in.

And now? Well, apparently I have to share my sushi. I can't really complain though!

Did I mention that this is also my child who has decided that the only way she wants to drink (rice) milk is with cinnamon in it? Who drinks cinnamon milk? I have bizarre children. Then again, that's what makes them fun!


KayEm17 May 11, 2010 at 9:57 PM  

This time last year my kids and I both were anti-sushi. But with hubby's prodding, I decided to try it like I always tell the kids to do with new foods.

Now the two older kids and I are eating and enjoying sushi. The moral of the story is I should start practicing what I preach!

Karen May 12, 2010 at 7:26 AM  

I love that your kids have such a well rounded palate. And cinnamon milk sounds delish! Maybe I'm weird too.

Tam May 12, 2010 at 10:43 AM  

Awesome! Sushi eating kids! COOL!

Pat May 12, 2010 at 10:48 AM  

Wow, it's impressive that your kids have started liking sushi! I love how Little Miss puts the entire piece of sushi into her mouth at once, and can use chopsticks! She's a cutie pie.

Anonymous May 12, 2010 at 11:14 AM  

That's so IMPRESSIVE! She's got me beat I only do veggie rolls! I don't like seafood and even less willing to try it raw. Maybe some day! Good job Mommy!

Unknown May 12, 2010 at 11:23 AM  

I can't actually take my kids out for sushi, it's too expensive. They just eat to dang much. And they eat it similarly, mouth stuffed FULL!

septembermom May 12, 2010 at 7:21 PM  

I wish my kids would try new things. Today, I was super stressed since Jillian is continuing to eliminate the few foods she eats. I feel like I'm screwing up as a mama.

Your princess looks pretty in pink!

MaBunny May 12, 2010 at 8:38 PM  

Very cute and congrats that you don't have picky kids!
One day I made salmon for the first time ( a year or so ago) and Nicole said mmmmmm, smells good what is it? I just answered something new mommy made, here try it. She was halfway through with it, saying how good it was and when i told her what it was, her reply was "mommy I don't eat fish, you know that! its yucky!"
Maybe I should drag her in here by her ear and make her see a 4 yr old eating sushi!

Michelle May 12, 2010 at 10:02 PM  

KayEm - I know... it's sometimes hard to practice what you preach though, isn't it? I think there are several ways i nwhich having kids makes me a better person.

Karen - Well rounded in some ways, but don't ask Mister Man to eat ANYthing with ANY type of sauce on it... or pepper.

Tam - I think so. Except for the fact that my meal bill is now a bit higher!

Pat - Ummm yeah. The chopsticks is actually what surprised me. I didn't teach her. She isn't great with them, but she's determined, and she figured out a way.

NYCGirl - Ohhhh you're missing out :) I lurrrve my sushi.

Laura - Glad to hear mine aren't the only ones with the "stuff the mouth overfull" philosophy. It drives me nuts sometimes.

Kelly - Just keep reminding yourself that it isn't you. And be patient. I know I'm lucky that we don't get stuck with just a few foods.

Marcy - Ohhhh they're plenty picky about some things. I've found that they eat unusual foods really well but have a hard time with some of the common ones. And I want to see you dragging her by the ear to see Little Miss eating ;)

Hyacynth May 13, 2010 at 9:41 PM  

Your kids are so brave! And ahead of their time. I just tried sushi for the first time at the CMB event.
I know, I know. I'm lame.

Mrs4444 May 15, 2010 at 11:07 PM  

She is adorable. I'm very impressed, as I am still in the "Eww. I hate the texture!" phase.

Michelle June 26, 2010 at 10:04 PM  

Hyacynth - Brave? I don't know... it's normal for them. I *love* sushi, so they've been exposed to it forever (first meal in the hospital post Mister Man birth). :)

Mrs4444 - I'm with you on some of it, but there are many textures that work well for me. Mister Man is also a fan, I have to give him his kudos, too.

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