Feeding your kids and why I love Drew Barrymore

drewI was waiting in a client’s office this morning, and I picked up Bon Appetit magazine. An odd choice  for me since I am hardly a chef, but I do like to eat and drink, so it’s always good eye candy.

I also like Drew Barrymore, who was interviewed in the magazine about her new wine company. The business idea is interesting, but it was her final quote that really spoke to me. In case you can’t read it in the photo, she was responding to a question about her daughter’s eating, saying, “I’ve been made to feel bad that I’m not steaming all her vegetables from a farmers’ market, or for only giving her jarred organic food. But I refuse to feel bad about any of it. I wish I were that all-home-grown-food, perfect woman, but I’m not.”

That’s when I decided that I don’t just like Drew Barrymore. I love her!

The pressure on moms (and dads) to be perfect, particularly in regard to diet, is exhausting. I read a lot. I know what is good for my kids and what is not. But, I live in reality where time and money are an issue, and I am not perfect. My kids have eaten chicken nuggets this week. There are lines I don’t cross – I don’t let them have Lunchables or soda or white bread. They don’t eat chocolate for breakfast. There is always a veggie and fruit on their plates and milk to drink, even if dinner is a (turkey) hot dog or a slice of pizza.

I bought organic baby food, but I did not make one bit of it myself. I was lucky to be able to breastfeed each kid for over a year, but if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t beat myself up about it. No mom is perfect, and I’m at an age where I can recognize my weaknesses. And just do my best.

I appreciate that Drew Barrymore, who clearly has the money to pay someone to shop for and prepare perfect meals for her daughter, has the courage to be herself. And, if you notice the last line of her quote: “we’re happy, singing and playing.”

I’ll take that any day over an expensive grocery bill for food that takes hours to prepare!


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