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A Day in the Life: Mom Fail! (And giveaway)

As most of you know, I’m a mom.

As ALL of you know, sometimes I fail.

Today I failed. Big time.

When I was a kid, my mom used to make this stuff called Malt-O Meal.

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hated it. It was nasty. Especially the chocolate flavored kind. I was so happy when she quit making it and heaved a sigh of relief when I moved out of the house and knew that ugly box would never grace the shelves of my pantry ever again.

But then it happened…

Yesterday morning while at breakfast my kids voiced complaints about the cereal I’d bought for them: Shredded Wheat. Now, don’t get me wrong, I know it doesn’t taste as great as Apple Jacks or Fruit Loops. But it’s good for you! That’s a good argument, isn’t it? At our grocery store, we have this point system that rates all foods on a scale from 1-100, 1 being totally unhealthy and no nutritional value and 100 being optimal nutrition. Shredded Wheat is like a 91 on that scale. No other cold cereal comes even close. Most hover in the 20-40 range. So if we have cereal, it might as well be a healthy one, right? But alas, my kids don’t love it and have complained (and yes, I’ve eaten it, too, and really it’s not that bad).

Well, yesterday was the final straw for me and I did the unthinkable, I bought Malt-O Meal.

If they want to complain, I’ll give ’em something to complain about!

So this morning, I crept out of bed and with a little chuckle to myself, I grabbed the box of Malt-O Meal I’d hid and whistled as I cooked it up…

Now, let me pause for a minute to add this disclaimer–I’m not a mean person. I know, Shredded Wheat and Malt-O Meal makes it sound like I’m evil, but really, I just want my kids to eat right so they don’t have so many health problems later. With so much junk out there, it seems that if you want to eat healthy that you’re being tortured! They do get treats, but they’re restricted to a 3-4 times a week, and I don’t think breakfast is the meal to ingest tons of sugar. Believe me, when you homeschool, you want a few hours where they’re not bouncing off the walls!

So back to the story–the Malt-O Meal is all cooked up now:

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With a deep whiff of my childhood filling my nostrils, I poured some into three bowls (my husband positively refused to eat any of it) and brought them to the table. Yum, yum!

The kids sat down where they usually sit (of course my dear husband had to make a gross comment about what the contents of our bowls looked like) and the kids stared at it… I lowered my head to hide my grin. Gas to the grocery store: $2.99; One box of Malt-O Meal: $3.59; Never hearing your kids complain about eating Shredded Wheat again: Priceless.

I’ll admit I felt like a bad Christian as I smiled and bit my lip–hard enough to draw blood–to keep from giggling during prayer. The excitement was just too much!

Then it was time to eat…

Both of my kids poked the hardening, clumping mess of brown slop in their bowls with their spoons. “Do we have to eat this?” Eddie asked, blinking.

“Yep. Eat it up. It’s good for ya!” I replied as I mentally prepared myself for what I was about to eat. Then, before I could think about it and change my mind, I ate a bite. It wasn’t delicious by any stretch, but it certainly tasted better than I remembered. (I’m assuming the ingredients have changed because I highly doubt I’ve acquired a taste for such.)

After about my third bite, I hear the words I never expected: “Can you make this for us again?”

What the heck? “Wh-what?”

“I like it,” Eddie said between bites, “can you make it again tomorrow?”

Gripping my spoon with all my strength so it doesn’t fall and chip one of my dishes, I looked to Henry who was also eating the crap without complaint. Yet. (He later admitted that it didn’t taste so good because he didn’t eat it fast enough and it made clumps that were gross!)

Overall, if they liked it, I think I just had a mom fail. Sure, I just found a meal they’ll eat, but it didn’t serve the purpose I’d been after. Oh well. Live and learn.

So my question is, for a chance to win ANY eBook from my backlist, what has been your “fail”. It can be a mom/dad fail; co-worker fail, sibling fail, etc. Something where things didn’t go as planned–for you!

(Open Internationally. Winner will be selected at random Friday at noon CST.)

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13 thoughts on “A Day in the Life: Mom Fail! (And giveaway)

  1. So funny! When my oldest was little I had a hard time getting him to eat anything except pizza (that’s all I wanted to eat when I was pregnant with him) 3 times a day 7 days a week. He hated everything – vegetables, fruit, meat, salads, – especially ranch dressing. We could usually coax him to eat 2 bites of something then he’d throw a fit. One night out of pure frustration I told him if he didn’t eat then I was pouring ranch dressing over all him food & he’d have to eat every bite…well I did (over green beans, chicken, & pineapple – gross right!) then forced him to take a bite of each (I know terrible Mom for forcing him). Guess what…he ate EVERY BITE with ranch dressing on it. From that point on we should have bought stock in ranch dressing. He eventually outgrew that & now (at 29 years old) he’ll try just about anything once. He eats things that I thought he’d never eat & things I won’t even try!

  2. Your going to think me a weird little child, because Shredded Wheat (specifically Spoon Sized, because the regular is a bit big) is my second favorite cereal period and has been since I was a kid (number one is Post or Total brand Raisin Brand, can’t stand that Kellogg’s brand version for some reason). My most hated cereal as of yet is Fruit Loops. That stuff is nasty.

    I’m not a huge Malt O’ Meal fan, but there is a similar cereal, Cream of Wheat that I love.

    In addition here’s two lists, those I like and have since I was a little girl and those I can’t stand. Some have notes.

    Like: Crispix, Cherios, Rice Crispies (but only in a pinch), Corn Flakes, Kellogg’s 19, Corn Chex (although I was less impressed the last time I ate some a few months ago), Rice Chex (after my experience with Corn Chex combined with Rice Crispies being pretty low on the list of cereals I like, I’m a little reluctant to try it, again), and I have been known to enjoy a bowl of Totals’ Bran cereal (once, I think . . . it never seemed to be available).

    Not a Fan: Lucky Charms (will eat without milk, but in milk it gets gross), Apple Jacks, Honey Nut Cherios, Captain Crunch, Oatmeal (will eat Quakers Brown Sugar Oatmeal in a pinch), Trix (right down there with Fruit Loops), Kix, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Life Cereal, Frosted anything, and on it goes.

    I pretty much decided by the time I was ten that any cereal that was supposed to be a “kids’ cereal” was probably gross and disgusting and I would hate it. Of course the list of cereals I like is pretty short, but most of them are pretty plan cereals, not all but most are if not healthy at least healthier.

    Apparently I can’t really do much contest wise, because I don’t think there is a single eBook on your backlist that I don’t have. Physical books, yes, but not eBooks.

    I considered sharing a fail anyway, but I think my sister would not appreciate it if I did.

  3. A friend told me that when her daughter says something inappropriate she threatens her with a mouth of soap and her daughter immediately stops the behavior.

    I figured I’d give it a try, so my daughter teased her brother and I told her that if she didn’t stop I would wash her mouth out with soap. Unlike my friend’s daughter, mine wanted to discuss the specifics of having your mouth washed out with soap (i.e., bar or liquid soap, does it taste like it smells, and my favorite would there be bubbles). This was an epic fail because I think I encouraged the behavior since she wants to see if there will be bubbles.

  4. My brother puts ranch dressing on pretty much anything (fries, rice. etc). So I told him to put it on a dinner roll once and he would see that ranch dressing it not good on everything. This was a fail because he loved it and nows dips his rolls in ranch dressing everytime we have them.

  5. My mom fail was years back..I always felt I failed at dinner. My boys were busy with sports and we were always on the go. Quick meals were the norm, so one day I fixed a great balanced home cook dinner. Meat potatoes vegetables hot bread the works. I was pleased with my self. My kids sat down and looked at the food and kind of sighed. I said what’s wrong and they said we wanted hotdogs for dinner. I just looked at the little ungrateful loves of my life and said to bad eat. So the next day I went to get groceries and they had hotdogs on sale. So thinking I’ll teach them a lesson I bought several packages of hot dogs. Now I decided they want hotdogs I’ll give them hotdogs. So every night for the next couple weeks they got hot dogs. By the end of they were dreading dinner. My next trip to the grocery store I bought regular food…gosh no more hotdogs..they came home and we had guests over that night and we were sitting around the table playing spades and my 2 younger sons wondered in the kitchen..their heads were down as they went to the refrigerator, expecting to only see hotdogs, they opened it up and looked in and the older one let out an excited yelp and said “look Kyndall we got food, we’re not poor any more.” I was shocked, the Mom lesson failed, instead of learning to appreciate a hot meal they thought I bought all those hotdogs because we had no money..I guess I should have explained it to them, but I just couldn’t. Even as I write this I smile and shake my head at the things that go thru children’s minds. They are all grown now 27, 28 , 31 and 34, and they still laugh when we tell the Hot dog story. Good memories.

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  6. My mom fail was years back..I always felt I failed at dinner. My boys were busy with sports and we were always on the go. Quick meals were the norm, so one day I fixed a great balanced home cook dinner. Meat potatoes vegetables hot bread the works. I was pleased with my self. My kids sat down and looked at the food and kind of sighed. I said what’s wrong and they said we wanted hotdogs for dinner. I just looked at the little ungrateful loves of my life and said to bad eat. So the next day I went to get groceries and they had hotdogs on sale. So thinking I’ll teach them a lesson I bought several packages of hot dogs. Now I decided they want hotdogs I’ll give them hotdogs. So every night for the next couple weeks they got hot dogs. By the end of they were dreading dinner. My next trip to the grocery store I bought regular food…gosh no more hotdogs..they came home and we had guests over that night and we were sitting around the table playing spades and my 2 younger sons wondered in the kitchen..their heads were down as they went to the refrigerator, expecting to only see hotdogs, they opened it up and looked in and the older one let out an excited yelp and said “look Kyndall we got food, we’re not poor any more.” I was shocked, the Mom lesson failed, instead of learning to appreciate a hot meal they thought I bought all those hotdogs because we had no money..I guess I should have explained it to them, but I just couldn’t. Even as I write this I smile and shake my head at the things that go thru children’s minds.

    They are all grown now 27, 28 , 31 and 34, and they still laugh when we tell the Hot dog story. Good memories.

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