There are so many ways we make ourselves and other moms feel guilty for not being a perfect mom. Perfectionism is unattainable and yet moms aim for it every day. All of the mom blogs out there really don’t help either. (Yes, I know I’m part of this group!) From the perfect cookies on Pinterest to the amazing photos of everyone’s vacations, there is way too much room for moms to feel like they’re not doing enough for their kids.
All our sweet children really want is for us to be there for them when they need us. Sometimes that means sending store bought cookies into class. Sometimes it means staying home from work when they’re sick. And sometimes it means washing clothes at 11 at night! But it doesn’t mean you have to look perfect, have a perfectly clean house or always have enough groceries in the house. Sometimes it means they get take out for lunch and pizza for supper!
I have been teaching my girls to be helpful and independent for as long as I can remember. I had to work full time and there was way too much on the go, for me to do everything for them all the time! So I taught them to start making their own school lunches. I taught them what types of things they needed to make sure they had in their lunch box. I taught them about how they needed protein and fruits and veggies and how too much sugar is not ok! They actually like making their lunches now because it means they have control over what goes in their lunch box. They didn’t always like making their own lunches and there were times when I had to do it for them. Because we’re not perfect either! You see in my house it’s all about helping each other out. Heck, sometimes my kids even make me lunch if they know I’m running late and they still have time. We’re a family and to us family is about learning from each other and helping each other.
This past weekend we tried out the new President’s Choice no name® Naturally Imperfect Apples. Did you know that worldwide, almost half of all food produced is wasted? And in North America, more than 30% of fruits and vegetables never make it on to store shelves because they don’t look good enough! No name® Naturally Imperfect produce also costs us up to 30% less!
I am loving this concept! First – it gets more healthy food out of the compost bin and into people’s homes. Second – it makes healthy food more affordable! Third – there was nothing wrong with these apples! They were delicious! We make a PC chicken salad wrap with the apples, mayo and almonds.
It was so easy for my kids to do on their own and it was so yummy! Way to go President’s Choice. I’m such a big fan of what you do for local communities!
Also, President’s Choice gave me this amazing Vanilla Bean!! Have you ever used a real vanilla bean? What did you do with it??
Disclosure – food ingredients were provided to me from President’s Choice. The opinions in this post are my own.