Do you ever feel like you are in an epic battle of wits with your kid? And do you feel like somehow you are constantly on the losing end of that battle? It never ceases to amaze me that I am able to be outwitted by a three-year-old. Like a trained pharmaceutical representative, Colin has somehow mastered the art of getting me to verbally commit to something and then holding me up to that commitment at a later date. "Remember how you said you would take me to the playground on Thursday? Well, today is Thursday." Sometimes I'll gloss over a few words while reading Colin a bedtime story. But, when I turn the page, my son will turn the page back and point out that I skipped some words. At the end of the day, I put away his toys. But, the next morning Colin will go to the exact spot where he had left his toys and ask me where his toys went. The kid has a memory like a steel trap. I blame his mom.
Of course, some of the most epic battle of wits come at the dinner table. Some battles are not worth fighting. Some battles really put me at my wit's end. Still other battles are worth fighting, but as a parent, you need to know how to fight the good fight. You've got to stay one step ahead of kids, anticipate their complaints, and give them food that satisfies your own sensibilities of healthiness while also satisfying their taste buds. For instance, instead of mashed white potatoes, try a healthier white starch like pureed white beans. Beans are a resistant starch that are much lower in glycemic index than are white potatoes. Check out my epic battle of wits with Colin in this week's video, an homage to a scene from the movie, The Princess Bride.