Yesterday, as I was about to go to my afternoon class and handing Raviv over to Yaya Isay at the kitchen, Raviv suddenly pointed to something furiously, with matching, “Wooo! Woooo! Woo!” soud effects, and mala-Julia Montes/Angelina Jolie nguso pointing to something on the dining table…he was pointing to the okra! Yaya Isay got him an okra and then he started to munch on it with so much gusto!
I always feel proud that I have a healthy son. His Tatay often smiles whenever he sees our Raviv naked, because Tatay is always in awe of how good Raviv’s body is. Other kids may be fatter than Raviv, but he is often heavier than the fat kids–he is siksik (Bimby: What’s siksik Mama? Krissy: Full of nutrients! Hehe, sorry, I can’t help it) and really sturdy. I am also proud to say that he’s not a picky eater and eats healthy foods. Randy and I have actually had arguments because I won’t let Raviv eat sweets and other delicious junk foods (Randy: Gusto ko lang mag-enjoy yung bata! Happiness ko na subuan siya ng masarap!).
As in, I am very, very strict when it comes to Raviv’s diet. I know there are times when our helpers feel so tempted to feed him junk foods (“Ang sarap po kasing pakainin ni Karbee eh…”), but they know I am dead serious about Raviv’s diet. And whenever they see how ganado he is in eating healthy foods and how sturdy and strong and well-built he is, they would tell that my stand about his diet is right. I am also strict about the time of the day when he is fed.
Yes, there are soooo many times when I feel tempted to feed Raviv chocolates and ice cream, and have him snack just right before his meals. But I am too much of a forward-thinking Mom; I am a “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” type of mom (see my motto on Facebook). I am very careful not to make my son grow up spoiled, because I know that in the end, it is he who will suffer. And by that time, I may no longer be around to help him with the “cure”.
I know too that I should not be too complacent–that his eating habits may soon change. But as of the moment, I am just proud of myself that I was able to enforce “tough love” (if your child is a food enthusiast like my son is, withholding food from him is indeed an example of “tough love”). And because of that tough love, I am the envy of many moms whose children a reed thin or may be chubby but are chubby just because of too much sweets. Seeing Raviv this enthusiastic about eating okra when other children only want to be fed with chocolates makes me utter a prayer of thanks that, at least in this area, I’m doing something right for my one and only.
PS: OK fine, may aaminin ako sa inyo…actually, there was a time when I gave into feeding him Swiss chocolates…this was when I accidentally kicked him and poor Raviv bawled. I felt guilty and gave him his first taste of chocolate. And boy, he went crazy! Good thing he probably knows it was a just a one-time deal. That, or he’ll make me kick him again.
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