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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

When I signed on to be a parent, no one told me...

You know one of the many many things that no one mentions in those parenting books, magazines or on daytime television...when your kiddos make friends, you are also emotionally involved. Bryce, age sometimes 5 1/2 sometimes 21, has new friend down the block from us. It's his friend's grandpa's house so sometime he is there for a few days and other times not.
When he isn't there Bryce is looking outside for him about ever hour on the's cute

But this week he is staying w/his grandpa and his 2 older sisters are their too. They are ahhh about 3rd grade and 5th grade. Yesterday Bryce went down to play. All is good. I am taking deep breaths and saying it is OK for him to play down the block w/his friend. I don't have to be in the same room as him when he is playing.

Yesterday, the girls and his friend brought Bryce back home and said that he was mad and was fighting w/his friend and wouldn't talk to they and say what was wrong. So they dropped him off. Bryce slumped into the house and refused to communication. Sigh, having friends isn't all pinky swears and playing army guys. My heart sunk. I tried w/o much luck all day to figure out what is the problem. But he won't say, is that typical? Does man communications begin by Kindergarten?

Today is a new day and his friend and his sister came down to see if Bryce could play. I have my fingers crossed that today he has fun, and it's stress free, for him and me.

Classic Kid Fare:
The only way my kids will eat PB&J is if the jelly is Rhubarb Strawberry Fruit Spread. I hear tales that kids love wraps. Not at my house...but if they did I would make a wrap using..

whole wheat tortillas
farmer's medley dip mix w/a brick of lowfat cream cheese
then mix that w/finely chopped broccoli, zucchini, carrots
I'd spread that on the tortillas, layer on a slice of low fat turkey or ham and roll those up and serve it w/a glass of milk and some Baked Lays and some grapes

Doesn't that sound like a great lunch? Any thoughts on how to get the little dudes to eat wraps? I think I'll try a spongebob angle, like this is a recipe from The Crusty Crab? Or this is the favorite food of Bumblebee the Transformer?

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