Ok, mamas, we all know just how bloody drained we all are come the hell that is also known as dinner-time, no?
A time of day when you are already at your wits end from dealing with tears, tantrums and broken nap schedules, ferrying everyone everywhere and, you know, just life in general.
And now it’s time to start thinking about what healthy-ish dish you can quickly assemble to feed your now ravenous children, that they will indeed eat and not just fling back at you and declare they hate.
This whole segment of parenthood has been made far worse since the introduction of social media, I think, where you, having served fish fingers and mash (again) will scroll through pictures some other mum has posted of a proper toddler gourmet meal, choc-a-bloc with quinoa-this and kale that, cut into the shape of hearts and stars or whatever.
He-llo. Some people literally have too much time on their crafty little hands.
Anyway, this exact scenario is why, when Bunmi Laditan, founder of Honest Toddler, posted her hilarious take on this typically sanctimonious meal post, mums around the globe applauded her – and why you will too:
Here is her text in full:
Dinner is served! The chicken nuggets are organic, free-range, rescue chickens who communicated to me in chicken language that they wanted to die to nourish my children. I coated them in gluten-free almond meal and probiotics before baking them on a tray lightly sprayed with coconut oil and colostrum. Those aren’t fries, they are rutabaga spears from my garden lightly fried in peanut oil from my peanut grove. The box was a craft I did with my children this afternoon while I was being mindful with them in our television-free living room. Those aren’t grease stains on the box, they are tears of joy from my toddler. He’s so thankful for every meal. Just now he said (tearfully), “Mama, thank you for giving me life during my homebirth and this delicious, homemade dinner. I love you, goddess.” Feel free to pin.
Needless to say, the post went viral straight away, and has currently generated more that 143,000 shares and over 20,000 comments. Wow.
And some of the replies from mums who find themselves relating wholeheartedly to Laditan’s post are flat out hilarious as well.
One woman commented, “What’s that white styrofoam looking cup, though?” to which Laditan replies, “That’s a reclaimed cup that I found in our city’s landfill this morning and gently washed with vinegar and Castile soap. It contains a broccoli and hemp seed medley.”
Another tags a friend and asks her, “[W]hy don’t your children cry tears of joy when you make dinner? Oh wait—you had a C-section. Your kids will never love you.” Laditan immediately chimes in, “They’re not even your kids. They belong to the surgeon who gave them life. Sad.”
We think we have just found our favourite new mum crush!