I’m trying to set a good example for baby girl whenever I can.
A massive part of that example is teaching her what I learnt growing up…
Home made is best.
She already tells me that my gingerbread and banana bread is better than any bought variety, and just recently even said she loved my pasta sauce… and she doesn’t even eat that much of it.
What I bake and make doesn’t have to receive world-class awards. If baby girl can see that what I made in our kitchen tastes better than anything commercially bought or packaged, my job here is done.
Learning this is a life-long task though. I still fall into traps of buying things that I think might be okay, but then I end up terribly disappointed afterwards. That’s why I’m always teaching, always talking to baby girl about what is good and healthy for her.
I don’t like to be preachy, or all “Don’t eat that!” with her. Rather like today at the shops, I asked her if she wanted me to buy some watermelon, and she said yes. I then threw in the info that they have lots of water and are naturally sweet, and much better for you than sugary treats and chocolate.
But it wasn’t just watermelon on our shopping list today. We were buying pizza-making ingredients, because baby girl asked for us to make a pizza!
Before I get too excited over my good influence on her, it was TOTALLY NOT MY INFLUENCE.
I know because she told me… she had watched her favourite doll role-play channel on youtube and the dolls had made their own pizza with green peppers and brown onion and pepperoni and that’s why she wanted to make it!
Well what do you know? Youtube is actually teaching something.
So we went on a shopping trip. To buy green peppers (I told them in Australia we say capsicums), pepperoni (only to go on Hubbie’s side of the pizza once she realised they were spicy) and some other delicious and fresh toppings like ham, mushrooms and fresh mozzarella.
FRESH MOZARELLA! Mmmmmmmmmmmmm.
At home I chopped it up and she helped me top the pizza base… the best bit.
It smelt so good coming out of the oven, and we had created it ourselves!
The only modification for next time…
Make two. We smashed that ‘one’ easily.