health and safety

Yesterday I made mini blueberry donuts and when Andrew got home from school and I offered him one, he initially declined. “Donuts are NOT healthy!” he tells me. Lately he’s been making himself snacks with all 5 food groups represented and then he eats his snack from the healthiest food (carrot sticks) to the least healthy food (cup of whole milk).

Oh brother.

As you know, I have a thing for baking. I KNOW it’s not the healthiest thing to eat and I make sure my kids eat a crazy amount of fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, whole grains…my kids even eat seaweed! I figure if they eat a ton of good stuff…a cookie, a slice of cake, a mini donut won’t be so bad.

So, I did what any self-respecting mother would do. I went to bat for the donut.

“These donuts are not so bad, Andrew! I put BLUEBERRIES in them! They are baked! not fried! When you make donuts at home, you can control how much sugar goes into them!” But, he wasn’t buying.

By comparison, when Isaac came home from school, he gobbled two down, loved them and his donut revelry convinced Andrew to break down and give them a try. Thank goodness we have someone sensible around.

This was their breakfasts this morning:


grapes, a cup of almonds and two mini donuts. And they likely won’t intake anymore sugar until after dinner when we’ve been giving them a small scoop of ice cream (mostly as incentive to Isaac to eat HIS veggies, but Andrew gets some too). So, I think Andrew can relax a little. Geesh.

When it comes to healthy eating, he’s become pretty uptight. But when it come to vaudevillian acts with his little brother?

THAT’S a risk he’s willing to take. Last night after dinner, Dave and I were sitting on the couch chatting, when Andrew stumbles into the room with Isaac on his shoulders. He was tripping this way and that, trying to keep Isaac balanced. And Isaac, having NO sense of peril, held onto Andrew’s head and was squealing in delight. Dave and I leaped up to rush over, convinced the fall was coming, and eventually lowered Isaac down.

As soon as everyone was safe I regretted not getting a photo. So, I asked for a replay, while Dave stood nearby to spot for safety and they both happily resumed their positions.

I guess with Andrew uptight about healthy eating and me uptight about safety (well…relatively uptight. WAY more concerned than anyone else in the family)…we just might make a good team. One safe and healthy family…with donuts and perilous stunts and all. ;)


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I stopped teaching Kindergarten in 2005 to become the mom of two crazy boys here in Brooklyn. At first I thought being a stay at home mom meant that I needed to pour all my time and energy directly into my sons, but I realized somewhere along the way that being a rockstar mom meant not only taking good care of my boys, but also taking good care of myself. And taking good care of myself means pursuing something creative...just about everyday. I started Made In Brooklyn to motivate myself in my creative goals as well as share my work with others and perhaps inspire them in their own creative journeys.
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3 Responses to health and safety

  1. Mama V says:

    hah! they look like muffins to me! what makes them a donut? sounds like you’re going to have to change your tactics now that you’re having semantic battles with andrew!

  2. Miss Vicki says:

    It sounds like Andrew has been listening to Mayor Bloomberg!! Obviously balance is the key-with food and especially when you have your little brother on your shoulders!! I love Isaac’slook of delight and confidence in his brother’s strength and balance. I however, would not like to witness this act in person.

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