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That’s My Kid, Not A Labradoodle

That's my kid AND my Labradoodle. Just kidding, she's a lab-boxer.

That’s my kid AND my Labradoodle. Just kidding, she’s a lab-boxer.

In a day and age where people are treating their dogs more and more like children, I suppose it was bound to swing the other way as well.

You guys. Our kids are not dogs. And I’m really tired of everyone rewarding, training, and incentivizing them as if they are.

After ballet they get a sucker. After soccer they get Cheetos and Capri Sun. If they do XYZ just right in school or church they get candy.

I’m over it. Really.

What if for going to ballet class you are rewarded with increased skill and confidence in your dance routine? What if for playing hard in your soccer game you learned a little more and maybe even scored or blocked a goal? What if for paying attention in class or studying you gained knowledge and learned you are capable of working hard? What if we teach our kids that the activity itself is worthy?

There are two major issues with treating Frankie like Fido:

Rewarding with food gives food a power it should not have. You run the risk of creating a dangerous relationship with food. Food is fuel for our bodies. It can be fun, delicious, and enjoyable but it should not be the reason we do everything in life. If my kid is to the point where “snack is the best part of soccer” then I’m just going to buy her a few snacks and skip the $85 fee to play soccer.

The second issue is that we are creating a generation of kids who believes every thing they do deserves a reward. Every.Single.Thing. Do you want to deal with that adult? Neither do I!
But this is exactly what they are learning. I go to the class or game (that I begged my parents to let me do) and I get a food reward. I do what I am already supposed to do at school and I get a food reward. I pee in the potty instead of on the living room floor and I get a food reward. We already have a serious issue of entitlement coming up out of high school and college right now. This next group is going to be even worse if this keeps up.

Listen, if you want to treat your dog as a child have at it. I’ll keep to myself my thoughts on the “I Love My Granddog” bumper sticker you just bought your parents.
But for the sake of these kids we’re raising to be adults and the world that must deal with them…can we PLEASE stop treating them like dogs?!



Healthy Fudge

Yes, that title said “Healthy” and “Fudge” together. And this is NOT one of those recipes you find on pinterest that someone labeled as healthy but you open it to discover a bunch of processed ingredients or fat-free foods.
We don’t roll fat-free around here. For the sake of your health you want to avoid things where fat has been removed. It is replaced with a load of chemicals you do not want to eat. Trust me.
But enough with this fat lesson. We’re talking fudge here!
I was trying really hard to get my household duties done. I tend to get sidetracked. I was doing really well until I saw the peanut butter. I suddenly started brainstorming food ideas. I was really disciplined, though, and I made myself finish my to-do list before creating something yummy.
Today I whipped up some truly healthy fudge. Now I have to admit that as I made it I sort of eyeballed the ingredients so these measurements are based on my super awesome expertise in guesstimating.
Seriously, though. I think it’s fairly accurate. I’m actually quite good at this.

Healthy Fudge

Healthy Fudge

3/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
2 Tbsp Honey (raw and local if you’ve got it!)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut

Grease your pan. The size of the pan will determine how thick your fudge is. You can do 8×8, 9×9, I think mine was about 5×9.
In a medium bowl add coconut oil, peanut butter, and honey. Microwave for around thirty seconds or until the oil and PB start to melt and can easily be blended. If you are one of those awesome people who doesn’t own a microwave (good on ya! I can’t do it.) do this step on the stove in a saucepan.
Once warmed and melty, mix well. Stir in vanilla. Add cocoa powder and mix well, making sure you get rid of any dry clumps. Lastly, stir in the shredded coconut.
Pour into your prepared dish and spread evenly. You may need to nudge the shredded coconut around to make it even.
Put in the fridge (or freezer if you are impatient) to cool and set. Once it is set you can cut as you please. Store in the fridge.
Note: This melts at merely the touch of your hands. You’ll want to eat it quickly once you grab it. I doubt you are upset about that. 😉