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Do You Eat Healthy? Ask your Kids! (A Funny Project.)

[ 10 ] 02/10/2012 |

This week my Kindergartner had homework.

There were little boxes on the paper and in each box he was supposed to write down something on our grocery list, spell it out how it sounds and then draw a picture to go with it. The example they gave was a picture of an apple and the word written like, “Apel,” how a kindergartner might spell it if he or she sounded it out.

This was an interesting project.

Because I got to hear what is usually on our grocery list from my little guy’s vantage point.

For a minute, I got scared.

What is he going to draw?

I sat there watching and not interrupting as he came up with each item and drew each one, on his own. (I tried not to lead the witness. I was panicking a little. Do we eat healthy? Is he going to write down healthy foods?????? Is this homework really just a secret way for the teacher to get insight into our eating habits? Because if so, it’s brilliant.)

Letic. (Lettuce.)

Rng. (Orange)

Pinapl. (Pineapple.)

Yogrt. (Yogurt.)

Milc. (Milk.)

Wofl. (Waffle. My favorite drawing of all. I wish I had a picture.)

Hooray! We made it! And actually I’m pretty happy with that list.

I thought it might be funny to get my 4 year old’s take on our grocery list, too, so I quizzed him. Here was his list:

  • “Fruits like oranges.”
  • Milk
  • Medicine.
  • Salad.
  • Tacos.
  • Honey Nut Chex (YES INDEED. MY FAVORITE.)
  • Waffle.
  • “Fruits like pineapples.”
  • Nuts
  • Pillow Pets (??)
  • Flowers
  • Honey
  • English muffins
  • Stuff for cookies. (OK, I’ll give him that one.)

I’m pretty happy with the list overall, too. But you know how kids are so honest? I think this is a great way to get the kids’ perception of how you eat. Also, their answers are pretty funny. (Pillow Pets made the list!) I was a little unhappy that anything “green” or veggie-like didn’t make the list and tacos did, but I know why: that’s where I fall short.

We do not eat enough vegetables.

In fact, my goal now after this exercise is to make the grocery list that they say out loud match up with the one I have in my head. It’s a work in progress but a step in the right direction.

So here’s what I’m asking here. Grab a pen and go over and ask your kids the following question: “What is on our grocery list?”

Poll them and see what they say!

Is it what you think they’ll say?

Are you cringing to ask the question?

Did anything funny end up on the list?

We want to know!

Come back and leave your answers in the comments or even better, post about it and leave your post in the links!

See if what you think of your grocery list matches up with the kids, and don’t be scared! If anything, seeing their answers might help you make some great changes like it’s doing for us!

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About christieo: Christie O. is a 30-something freelance writer and mommy to two little boys. She loves training for random races to lose weight and who went literally from couch to 5k to half-ironman to marathon, losing 55 pounds along the way. Christie O. also blogs at www.averagemomswearcapes.com. View author profile.