Simple statement, but I nearly cried for joy. But as many experienced parents know, if you make the reaction too big, it can backfire: Children freeze when they smell a situation where it seems they’ve inadvertently done exactly what their parents wanted — they note it and do the complete opposite the next time. Just for the heck of it. It’s developmentally ensured.
So, I modulated my reaction, kept it to a “thank-you” and a hug, and asked her why: not so cheesy and salty, she said, followed by the simple declarative of a six year old, “It just tastes better, Mama.”
For me, this represented a triumph for my need to cook with basics (and with less cheese), and fast, but still feed my daughter well. Read More | Comment