He had rice and salt for dinner.
This mother prepared 2 pieces pan-grilled chicken barbecue, a cup of rice, and two slices of ripe mangoes. These were her Bunso’s lunch baon yesterday. Later that day, she found the food inside a trash bin. Her seven-year old son did not touch his baon. And he threw his lunch just like that.
Frustrated that her favorite Bunso did not eat lunch and worst, threw his food, she thought of a well-deserved lesson for the little man.
And so for his dinner, Bunso had rice and sea salt.
It pains me to see my son eat rice with no meat nor fish on his plate. But I know it will pain me more if I miss this opportunity to teach him a valuable lesson — 1) not to waste food and 2) appreciate other’s effort towards you.
The young men in our house may not probably worry much about the food wasted, but with proper briefing that food wasted means money wasted, somehow they might understand why I got annoyed with Bunso’s acts. In own household, we have grocery and market budget, and as a parent, I — together with husband – do our very best to feed and nourish our children. The best our children could do to pay forward is to not waste the food or money spent to buy for the food.
Also, I explained to the boys the value of respect and appreciation. I mentioned to them that I wake up very early in the morning to prepare for and cook their baon and breakfast. Their mama would like to sleep for a few more minutes but she preferred to go down and prepare food. Their mother would be very happy if her kids would appreciate her cooking by consuming their baon and not throwing them in the garbage.
Aside from our talk, I now involve the boys in the food preparation. By doing this, it would be easier for them to appreciate just how much work was involved with cooking their meal. I hope through this appreciation, I would see less food in the garbage or better, see none at all.
If you have kids who throw out more food than they eat, what do you do? I am not that confident with the “rice and salt” thing, though I hope it made an impact on them. Would love to hear your stories, please.
* September 16, 2013. I am organizing my blog post and chance upon this entry. I decided to re-post this as a reminder to myself to be patient with the boys. Just last week, my Bunso did not finish his food. I did nothing. Am I being indifferent already?
Devoted. Compassionate, Instinctive. Berlin loves to write personal narratives, thrilling discoveries, and mommy tips that make daily living the happiest. She shares the small house with her husband and their five boys.