Food Wars

by Dana S. Bader
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I kid you not.  For about two years of my eldest daughter’s life when she was two and three years old, she ate nothing but nuggets, small cocktail weenies, corn, plain rice, plain yogurt, parfait fruit yogurt without bits, and slices of plain white bread. Oh, and she could only eat one food at a time.  In fact, only one type of food could be served on her plate at a time because different foods could not touch.  For a while, she even wiped her fork with a napkin between bites to get the remains of the previous bite off the fork before she took the next bite.  She also drank only fruit cocktail juice out of a box with a straw.  Every meal was fraught with tension and involved begging (from me), tears or tantrums (from her), and several substitutions until she finally would take a bit of something, anything, just to ‘keep from starving.’

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Instilling Positivity

Instilling Positivity

by Dana S. Bader
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I’m a glass-half-full kind of person.  I like to see the brighter side of life, and I consciously work on trying to see the positives in every person and every situation rather than focus on the negatives.  Of course, there are some days that I have to work harder to do that than others, but, generally, I look for the positives and believe that having a positive attitude is essential to my overall well-being.

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Together Time Takes Time

by Dana S. Bader
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Hamley’s, Toys R Us, and Borders, all offer quick, BandAid solutions for our children’s tantrums, fussiness, whining, and boredom.  If I need some peace and quiet, I can buy about 30 to 60 minutes of it in the form of the newest gizmo or gadget offered up at these toy stores’ not-so-bargain prices, or I can buy some Persil, green food coloring, and a whole lot of white school glue, click on the latest YouTube DIY, and get my kids busy making yet another batch of slime.  I can even offer up the remote control and flip on the Disney channel to occupy them for another hour or so.  With lunch, clean up time, homework, the new toy, some slime if I’m really desperate, and a whole lot of Disney, I can manage to occupy my kids for a whole afternoon and not have a single conversation or meaningful moment with them.

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