Just over a week ago, following a meltdown of epic proportions, see The Edge, it was time to try something new.
The Boy Wonder Food Project was born.
So how did it go?
Well, it as was a HUGE success. We have not had one argument over food. The boys come home, check the menu and get on with their lives until dinner.
People, I have seen CLEAN plates.
NEW foods have been tried, devoured and seconds have been requested.
At times I wondered who had stolen my children and replaced them with gourmands, but no, it was still them.
The single most popular dish had to be Meatballs with sweet and sour sauce.
You have no idea what a personal victory the sweet and sour sauce was. Cheeky Boy asked for seconds. This from a child who thinks ketchup is a) a vegetable and b) a food group in its own right.
I can also recommend Rice Krispie Chicken which is a mighty fine, guilt-free, alternative to take away fried chicken.
Aside from the actual food, the lack of conflict at mealtimes has given us all space to breathe. It has made for a much calmer house. Witching hour has had it’s arse well and truly kicked.
On Thursday Boy Wonder snuggled up and told me how much he was enjoying the menu project and how he felt we were getting along more. Now he wanted to (in his words) “work out some strategies to help him and dad get along better”.
I had no idea that this project would have such an impact on all of us.
Week 2 has already been planned and written on the menu board. Progress.