This little thing...she is amazing, I tell you. She blows me away with what she comprehends at age 3.
I forget sometimes that she's only three because she is really quite smart.
She knows good and well what we believe, nutritionally. And what's better - she knows why we believe so.
We walked into Sam's Club on a Saturday and a woman was passing out suckers to all the kids walking in. We walked past and she handed one to Ruby and Ruby held her hands up, scrunched her nose and said "no, thank you". I was SO FLIPPIN proud of her. I couldn't believe that she made that decision all by herself! So I promptly walked her over to the berry section and she got a whole little carton of organic red raspberries. Because what we teach her is that life isn't NO TREATS it's about choosing the RIGHT kind of treat. She said no to a nutritionally-void sucker and yes to yummy fresh berries, all on her own. (Actually, she said no to the sucker even before she knew berries were an option)
|this was only maybe a month ago and she already looks so much older than this|
We walked in to tell Ruby, thinking her eyes would light up with excitement.
"Ruby, GUESS WHAT? We are all going to get in the car and go get ICE CREAM!"
"Is it healthy? Will it hurt my stomach?" (one time she ate ice cream and got siiiiick)
Me and Kev look at each other. And with our eyes said crap - she's right.
We aren't going to lie and say "this time it's healthy" or some other lousy/lazy excuse. She wants the truth and we are truthful people.
"You're right, Ruby. It's not. There's lots and lots of sugar and other yucky stuff in there. Let's make healthy milkshakes here!" (cocoa powder, bananas, peanut butter, and a bit of honey with a handful of ice...amazing) And we had apples and our favorite pb/honey mixture along with it.
Our sweet tooth was satisfied.
It was free.
No gas was used up.
We felt amazing afterwards.
Because of our 3 year old.
And then? We went on a family run. And we laughed that had we gone to Braum's we'd have spent money, rode around in a car, eaten crap and felt like crap and then come home. And now, we were out running thanks to our daughter's correction.
Ruby, girl, you're cool as grits.