We have goals. We have the bar set. We have expectations and limits.
And sometimes there need to be temporary exceptions.
As parents, of course we want what is best for our children in every area of their lives. Chad and I have been on a journey to teach our kids about healthier eating and a major part of that is just not having the less healthy options in the house very much. Their breakfast options are eggs or oatmeal, and their snacks have been replaced with fruit and yogurt. I haven’t bought cereal, freezer waffles, granola bars, or crackers this year so far.
Until…12 flipping snow days happened. I broke down and bought some frosted mini-wheats (the strawberry kind, so fruit – check!) to have on stand-by for snow days. I’ve learned that I have a limit for how many snow days I can handle before I really want to throw my phone across the room when I hear a text come through pre-7a.m. So cooking is probably not a good idea.
And now my little darlings are at school for an hour longer each day for 5 weeks to make up 4 of these snow days, which means more snacks are needed because they were already starving at 3:30, now it’s 4:30, and on Thursdays Eli gets home at 5:30. These lovely balls of energy need food. They are asking for 2 snacks a day, so I just bought Walmart’s version of goldfish (those penguins are so good) and granola bars. I am making them take one fruit and one of these new exciting snacks, just so we don’t completely derail.
Life happens. Mommas get sick and the TV might need to be on a little more. And that’s OK. It’s temporary. You need to get better. Really, it’s about survival. If that baby is still fed, then my friend it’s been a successful day. Changing out of pajamas is optional and overrated.
Temporary exceptions don’t have to completely undo all of your hard work, and you can make a plan to get back on track when it’s time. You’re doing a great job