The seeds that were sown have grown and the fuzzy down of our chicks gave way to feathers … now we are in-waiting for the threat of a freeze to dissipate.
My son will tell you he is “four and three quarters”. Just like most kids his age he is adventurous, curious, messy, and sweet. And sometimes my need to hide in a closet is overwhelming. Sometimes calming down for an adult is just as hard as for a five year old. I think they are better at it to tell you the truth.
Similar to kids his age, my son is a sponge. He is always listening and watching even if he doesn’t respond immediately. He feels what we feel and feeds off of our mood.
I talk to mothers, and read a significant number of articles and posts written by mothers and early childhood experts — the double edge sword of the internet. I cannot decide whether having a single child is harder or easier than having two. I imagine that raising more than two kids is most likely equivalent to herding monkeys.
Pulling from my short experience, I can say that having a chatty, social, single child is exhausting. At home you take on the role of entertainer along with the role of parent. Quiet time, shortly lived, transforms into incessant “listen!” “Watch me!” If you dare focus on something else, water will be spilled, and your semi-tidy rooms will quickly resemble rooms in the wake of an earthquake.
I have the most respect for women who raise kids, manage their household, and go to a job- that’s three jobs and you get paid for one. I make it a point to tell them that in my book they are warriors.
So as I am about to turn 40, I reflect on the short five years of experience as a parent and I have one thing to say: My mother can not possibly remember clearly because raising kids is hard – every stage and change is a challenge. And that is the end of it!
A Joke from my five year old: “what do you call a nervous zucchini?“ . . . “An edgy veggie!”
This recipe is tasty and quick, sweet and savory, nutty and calming. The list of ingredients is enough to make you do a little dance. Make it! Your kids will love it. Summer is around the corner and soon when our fridges are bursting with summer zucchinis and you will thank me.
PREP TIME 5 mins COOK TIME 20 mins
- 2 Cups Water
- 1 Cup Brown Rice
- ¼ Cup Cracked Red Lentils
- 1 Clove Fresh Garlic, crushed
- 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
- ½ Tsp. Ground Cumin
- ½ Tsp. Salt
- ¼ Tsp. Black Pepper
- 2 Tbsps. Coconut Oil
- ½ Tsp. Black Mustard Seeds
- ¼ Tsp. Ground Turmeric
- 2 Tsps. Fresh Ginger, minced
- 1 Clove Fresh Garlic, crushed
- 5 Pearl Onions, sliced
- 1 Carrot, chopped
- 3 Zucchinis, chopped into half moons
- 2 Bok Choy, finely chopped
- Bring water to a boil, add rice ingredients and simmer — 45 minutes
- On medium heat, add coconut oil, mustard seeds and turmeric, and wait until mustard seeds begin to pop — 5 minutes
- Stir in ginger and garlic
- Bring the heat up to medium high, and sauté onions and carrots — 3 minutes
- Add zucchini and coat with the other ingredients — 3 minutes
- Add Bok choy and stir until it wilts — 2 minutes
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