Friday, October 8, 2010

Let them eat dog food

Dinner time is always a time of joy and a time of tears. We have managed to establish a silly ritual in which the boys seem to think that their food can only be consumed once they have determined how many bites to take - mom or dad being the one that sets the number. Usually 15 to 20 bites. It drives me crazy that dinner has become a countdown. Along with the counting there is usually some grumbling and complaining about certain ingredients.

I spend about 30 to 60 minutes preparing dinners because I really enjoy food and I like to cook. I refuse to be a short order cook. I make one meal and if you don't like it... well that leads me to the best part.

I bought a can of dog food - we don't have any dogs. I put the can of dog food in the middle of the table and I said, "I spend some time making this meal for you and I am tired of the counting and complaining. If you don't like what I make then you are welcome to eat the dog food because anything that I make is inevitably better than dog food and I am tired of you treating the meal that I make for you like it is dog food."  That night I received accolades for the meal I made.

The dog food currently sits in my pantry and on an evening that I make something a little different I bring it out just to remind them that anything I make is better than dog food... at least I hope it is.


  1. What a great idea!! I'm going to have to try that some time. I generally just tell the kids that this is dinner and if they want any kind of snack before going to bed, they have to eat it. Sometimes it works, but sometimes it doesn't. :)

  2. I can guarantee I'll be stealing this idea.

  3. Valley Forge 1st Ward RSOctober 9, 2010 at 7:02 PM

    Love it, love it, love it! Ellen

  4. Great idea! You are one smart mommy!