Parents Need to Eat Too

I Quit
what's that, Harry? now you don't like cookies???

I Quit

what’s that, Harry? now you don’t like cookies???

Did you ever get so tired of dealing with your picky eater’s family’s food issues that you just want to hang up your potholders, walk out the kitchen door, and live on takeout until it’s just you & your spouse again?

I admit, when I read Greg Smith’s resignation letter/op-ed in the New York Times the other day, I wished my kitchen were Goldman Sachs so I could quit too. And the next night, when Harry refused plain pasta with olive oil, which until that very moment had been my one guaranteed home-run of a meal, I’d reached my limit. Harry could take his TPS reports and shove em.

Quitting isn’t really an option though, so I did the next best thing: I wrote my own resignation letter, and the Huffington Post liked it enough to put it up for the world to see. Click on over and let me know what you think.

What’s made you want to quit your kitchen?

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  1. I hear ya! I tried to resign last week due to the very same hostile workig environment…Finally, after a few days of…pasta with fresh tomato and pesto…nah, Spring veggie couscous with marinated & grilled chicken…again? How about meatloaf and buttermilk garlic smashed potatoes…really??? I had it! So I told my daughter I was tossing my cell phone, packing my bags, and running away…to which she replied, “but wait, so what ARE we having for dinner?!” Le sigh…I figured they probably micro-chipped me while I was sleeping and would track me down to feed them…

  2. I love it! My little one hasn’t started eating solids yet, but from what all my Mom friends tell me I have this to look forward to. I myself was a picky eater too. So I would like to apologize to my Mom. I know she tried her best. 🙂

    1. I know! I’m constantly reminding myself of how long my own list of dislikes was (and in some ways, remains).

  3. Fabulous post & letter. Left you a comment over at the Huffington Post. You said beautifully what we all feel – now we have resigned as Chief Cook, how do we follow suit as the Bottle Washer, Clothes Sorter, Sibling Referee – et al?x

  4. I so needed to read that today. My 4 year old won’t eat CHICKEN anymore, unless it’s breaded and formerly frozen. We don’t eat red meat or pork in our house, and he won’t touch fish, so last night he had rice and green beans for dinner while we had maybe the most delicious chicken I’ve ever made. Bah!

    1. Amy, I made baked chicken parm last night and called it “pizza chicken,” thinking it might work. Nu-uh. He took a single bite and ate off all the olives, but refused to touch it otherwise.

  5. I’m suffering from 3 picky eaters. I told them the other day that I don’t know why I bother making nice meals for them – they are happiest with plain, bland food i.e. chickpeas, rice and carrot sticks they will polish off. If I put the chickpeas in a sauce, they pick them out and fuss the whole time. If I put it over the rice, they hardly touch it.
    If it wasn’t for my hubby needing to eat, I would just always serve them plain food.

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