Tuesday, May 3, 2011
I know I'm a good mummy. I know I'd tick lots of 'good mummy' boxes, were you to survey me. My child is healthy, and happy, and as we speak is getting out of bed and calling down the stairs because ... well ... surely because she loves me so much, and can't stand to be apart from me.
So why oh why am I nearly-constantly wracked with guilt?
When I drop her off at preschool, which she loves by the way ... guilt.
When she asks me to play with her, and I say 'in just a minute' and then keep on doing whatever it was I was doing ... guilt.
When I don't explain the meaning of this, that, and everything to her when she asks ... guilt.
When I promise the park, and we don't end up going ... guilt.
I know that no matter what I tell myself, the guilt will still come. I guess it's up to me to notice it's there, notice where it's coming from ... and then ignore it. Guilt does not help do the dishes, or mark papers, or help with homework, or read stories, or bathe/dress/and put to bed.
The other way I deal with guilt? Nelle and I have a little ritual. When she comes home from preschool, we either have smoothies or popsicles. Together. It's a little thing, but something we both look forward to. It's ours.
Bad mummy does good with the smoothies. And the popsicles.
And here's one of my favourites - full of good, antioxidant-rich avocado and raw cocoa; calcium-rich milk; and bananas.
Chocolate Avocado Smoothie
makes 2 large smoothies + 4 popsicles
3 frozen bananas, peeled and sliced
1 ripe avocado
2 c milk*
2 Tbs raw cocoa powder
4 de-pitted prunes (optional)
*Decreasing the amount of milk to 1c makes these more ice-creamy. And you can try out using any other type of milk, depending on your dietary requirements.
**As always, try to use organic ingredients when you can
1. Put the banana slices, the scooped-out avocado flesh, the milk, the cocoa powder, and the prunes (if using) in a blender and whizzzzz till smooth.
2. Serve in glasses with spoons or pour into popsicle molds and pop into the freezer for a treat later on.
TIP: I always always always make my extra smoothie into popsicles. You cannot underestimate the value of popsicles in taming child-beasties.
This batch of smoothie - 100% organic - cost me about $2.50. I buy up 'baking bananas' when they're on offer and pop them into the freezer - skin and all - to use for smoothies. If you do the same, this can be made really cheaply!
So, try it out. Make a little ritual with your child. Something simple, not too time-consuming. Something you can both look forward to. And note the smile on her face.