My daughter turned 2 last month. Time is flying by and she surprises me all the time with new things she can do. I could spend hours writing about how cute this is.
Her behaviour has changed a lot and, if you are a mum you will know about not only the joys but the challenges we are going through at the moment. I have told you about her food fussiness but at her age there is another big challenge we face every day. The terrible twos phase. It does exists and I sometimes wish I could turn the button off.
Unfortunately this option doesn’t exist and it is a testing phase for every parent’s patience. Like Linda Wooten said “being a mother is learning about strength you didn’t know you had…. And dealing with fears you didn’t know existed.”
I see myself counting until 1000 many times a day, ignoring her behavior for a while, jumping, making funny things in order to distract or soothe her but there are times when I feel I also want to scream, cry and pull my hair out.
Her mood swings in a fraction of a second! If I add milk to her cereal bowl, peel a banana or open the yogurt, if I add food that she doesn’t like onto her plate, all these small things are an open invitation to a battle and can make the emotional climate change drastically and take on the proportion of a volcanic explosion.
Every morning there is very loud screaming and running away performance when I need to change her nappy and get her ready to go to nursery. She throws herself down on the floor, she doesn’t want anyone to help her brushing her teeth and her favourite phrase is always “I do it” and “It is my turn”. In other words, she wants what she wants when she wants. Her desire for independence is incredibly high.
From the other side, the unprepared parents of the Miss Independent are using all the techniques and tips they have learnt from friends and family to soothe or please the unsatisfied tyrant so we all can leave our home on time and drop the grumpy and curious toddler to the lovely girls at nursery with a very happy face.
Although these moments are very stressful, not only for us as parents but also for her, she has shown me how confident, passionate, fearless, adventurous, cute and funny she is. She fights for things she believes in, she fights for food she doesn’t want to eat and for food she really loves.
Food is always a complicated matter at home but I have noticed that her favourite colour, apart from pink, is orange and red and she also likes orange fruit, mandarins, sweet potato and raw carrot sticks, so I have decided to take advantage of the colour of the tiny red lentil to make a delicious soup for dinner.
Red lentils are sweeter than green or brown ones, cook very quickly and are perfect for soups. This recipe is very light, the trick worked and we all enjoyed it and now, I can add another recipe to her ‘approved dishes’ repertoire.
- 100g red lentils
- 2 carrots, grated
- ½ red or yellow pepper, chopped
- ½ onion, finely chopped
- 1 garlic, chopped
- 450ml gluten free vegetable stock
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Heat the oil in a medium saucepan and gently sautee the onions until soft.
- Add the garlic and sautee for 1 minute.
- Add the carrots, red or yellow pepper, red lentil and mix it all together.
- Add the vegetable stock and bring to the boil and simmer until the red lentils are cooked.
- Season with salt and pepper.