Sunday, January 11, 2009

Guess I should've paid more attention in 8th grade science class...

My kids are in love with those disgusting Dino nuggets that we get at Costco. It's the only chicken nuggets they'll eat. In my quest to get them to eat healthier, I had declared one day that there would be no more Dino nuggets in this house. One month later after having to make several batches of chicken nuggets myself from scratch (and I might add, the kids sulked and there was a lot of chicken being wasted), I finally said they could have their precious Dino nuggets back on the agreement that they would eat a serving of fruit and veggies with the nuggets. All was good in the world. They say that when Mama's happy, everyone's happy but in my family, clearly it's when the kids are happy, Mama's happy. Let's just say I've learned to pick my battles.

So the kids were eating their Dino nuggets for lunch the other day and I usually start each of them off with 3 nuggets and they can only have more once they've eaten their fruit and veggies. Seems fair to me. Cole ate all of his food and requested more chicken nuggets. I popped 2 more nuggets into the microwave and then put them on his plate.

This is where things go downhill. He starts sobbing....and when I say sobbing, I mean, SOBBING. As if the world is gonna stop and come to an end kinda sobbing. All the other kids are staring at him and I'm at a total loss as to what the problem is. I asked, "Cole, what is wrong?!" and he puffs his bottom lip out and between sobs says, "You....gave....sniffle, sniffle....me....sniffle....the wrong....sniffle, sniffle....chicken nugg....sniffle...ets". I say, with a heart full of pride, "you mean you want my homemade chicken nuggets". He looks at me as if I have a 3rd eyeball in the middle of my forehead. He's finally catching his breath and he says, "NO...not YOUR chicken nuggets....I want the brontosaurus nuggets".

Okay, now, call me silly but I honestly never paid any attention to the fact that the Dino nuggets are in dinosaur shapes. I mean, it makes sense, yes, but parents don't really pay attention to that stuff, do they? For the sake of making me feel better about myself, let's just agree that that's true. But Cole is very into dinosaurs so obviously he had noticed.

I tell him, "Okay, okay....if you calm down, I will find a couple brontosauras' and make them for you, provided you pawn off the other ones on someone else". He manages to convince Garrett to eat the non-brontosaurus nuggets. I go grab 2 brontosaurus nuggets out of the box in the freezer, pop them in the microwave, and put them on his plate. He looks at them, looks back at me and I start to see the bottom lip puff out...."these aren't brontosaurus's".

Seriously? Really? Well, then what the hell do brontosaurus's look like? I didn't say that, trust me, but I was thinking it. I say, "Cole, I'm beginning to lose my patience with you....please go get the bag of nuggets and kindly show me which one is the brontosaurus". He gets the bag and pulls out a brontosaurus nugget.

I said, "that's the one I made you in the first place!!" and he says, "No, Mommy, it wasn't....you made me a T-Rex". T-Rex....Brontosaurus....it's all the same, right? They both have big heads. That's all I know. Is it really that important?

Apparently so. Cole proceeded to pull 5 different chicken nuggets from the bag and tell me what each of them were. In clockwise order, starting at the top, we had the terradactyl, triceratops, stegosaurus, brontosaurus (OH, so that's what it looks like!) and a T-Rex.

I said, "oh, well....the brontosaurus and the T-Rex are pretty much the same". Cole shook his head and said, "Mommy, they are very different. The T-Rex stands upright on his back legs. That's probably why you got him confused with the brontosaurus who stands on all 4 legs. The T-Rex has little arms and hands and the brontosaurus has a long neck. And they eat vegetables only and the T-Rex eats meat and people".

When I was in 8th grade science class and passing notes back and forth to my girlfriends about how cute Donald Slappey's butt looked in his jeans, I missed out on the whole who's who in the dinosaur world. You know when you were younger and doing homework and you would roll your eyes at your parents and say, "this stuff is so lame...when am I really gonna use this stuff in the real world?". My mom would always say back, "You need to know all this stuff. Trust me, there will come a day when you'll be older and so glad that you learned about it". Apparently, that day had come. Damn her for being right.....again.

My 4-yr old son knows science....he's been paying attention in preschool obviously. I actually feel kinda bad for the little guy because I'm gonna be of no help to him in the future when he has science homework. Give me English homework and I'm your go-to girl but science...nah!

Oh it gets worse....when Tim came home from his business trip, I said to him, "I didn't realize that the Dino nuggets come in 5 different dinosaur shapes....did you?" and he said "yes", as if I was the last person on earth to realize this. Then he grabbed the box of nuggets and pointed out the 5 different dinosaurs....correctly, of course. Cole, who overheard our conversation said, "See, Daddy knows the dinosaurs". The only 2 kid-friendly words I could muster to come up with in front of the kids for Tim was "SHOW OFF". Well, fine with me....if he's the science expert in the house, he can explain the birds and the bees to the kids when it's time for that.

26 comments:

Rebecca said...

In a situation like this...you just have to step back and take pride that your son knows what a brontosaurus looks like :D

Erin said...

Kids are so picky, aren't they? It's a good thing they are cute.

P.S. I agree with you...let your husband take on the birds and the bees talk!

Lana said...

I personally prefer the T-Rex.

Ugh. How frustrating. Kind of like how when I had my nephews live with me. I had no idea water tasted better in the BLUE cup. Sheesh!!

Amy said...

That is neat that he recognizes them by name..but..that was/is one of my fears of having all boys is that I know nothing about dinosaurs or sports or bugs or any of that boy stuff...yet another reason why I come second to daddy-LOL! oh and thanks for the meme tag, I'm going to try to do it this week.

Anji said...

Too funny, my 3 year old son got some undies with dinos on them and I was trying to say one of them and had to be corrected by my 8 year old. It is a boy thing, I am convinced!

Savvy Little Women - Kate said...

Haha, nice to see another family similar to ours :)! Great blog!

pam said...

I love this story, from the mouths of babes...

Is it just me, but are kids smarter now a days??

Enjoy your dino buddies tomorrow at lunch.

twinmama said...

Wow, that is great he is so detail oriented! He is obviously learning a lot to know not only their names, but also some facts about them.

It took me a moment to make out the teradactyl.

My mom bought Christmas cookies in various shapes and Peanut sobbed one time when I gave her a wreath instead of the star like her sister. It just matters in their little worlds, I guess.

Hajar said...

It's surprising, the specifics that little kids absorb.

Chris said...

That's cute. At least he is getting something out of his nuggets.

Creative Junkie said...

OK - this cracked me up!

We've never had dino nuggets in this house, but maybe that's because we have 2 girls? A chicken nugget is a chicken nugget is a chicken nugget. You should embroider that on a pillow or something.

eight helping hands said...

That's funny! I've never seen Dino nuggets before. So you aren't the only clueless one when it comes to dinos and their shapes. I just asked my husband if he knew what they were and what each shape was and he said "of course" Show off!

Kim said...

Just wait until he's in 5th grade and asks you to help him with MATH.

ParentingPink said...

OMG! Me too! This is the ONLY nuggets that my daughters will eat. I've tried desperately to get them to give 'em up, but they refuse. Finally, I caved and let them have them a couple of times a week. Plus, you are right, at least you can practice naming the dinosaurs - I tell myself its a very "educational" meal!

Mama Jenn said...

This is too funny!!! My kids love those Costco dinos. I wonder if they know all the names? I know that I don't! Btw, I LOVE the pic you have on blog header with the birds making the smiley face! It goes great with your blog title!!!

B said...

I totally agree with you, it's mama's happy when the babies are happy. At least that's the way things go in our house! :)

Morgan said...

Really? They come in 5 shapes?!? I always thought they only came in 3! The Tyson Dino nuggets are a big hit at our house too as they come in a huge box at SAMS for a good price.

Thanks for the advice on meal planning! I'm a big fan of allrecipes.com too! I found this recipe on there for Amish Carmel Corn that is SOOOO good!

Tess said...

I agree that you should be proud that he knows his dinos but be sure to point out to him that they all TASTE the same-lol!

Cynthia said...

I have served those chicken nuggets countless times. I had no idea they came in five different shapes and I certainly could not identify those shapes! Your husband deserved the "show off" remark! LOL!

Tasheana said...

Yeah, I'm with you on not knowing the science stuff too well. It's crazy how boys remember things like that. Another great thing about having boys, you will always learn something.

mrsbear said...

Oh yes, we know a lot about dinosaurs in our house. I totally would have filled you in. My almost six year old has been a dino junkie since he was two, except T-Rex is his creature of choice. We've bought those nuggets, they just don't taste very good IMO, so I've opted lately for the Perdue Popcorn Chicken since my son is essentially outvoted on the Dino chickens.

Michele S said...

Helene, you are freaking me out! Do I have to drive over there and throw that box out? FOOD shouldn't be shaped into dinosaurs. My kids don't even know what a nugget is. I tried to feed them nuggets from Trader's once and they picked off the breading and called it "skin". I bet they don't know what the dinosaurs are either. OMG! Maybe I'm making them stupid by shunning processed food?

christine said...

Oh I see this talk in my future as ALexander already loves dinos soo much daddy has got him to roar like one. Thanks for giving me the dino talk :0)

Hmm since Tim is sooo smart I agree the birds and the bees talk is perfect for him and I think he should have to potty train the little twins too because after all that is a part of male anatomy :0)

Jillene said...

Thanks for visiting my blog!! I love meeting new friends!!

Your blog is great!! Your children are beautiful. And the Dino chicken nuggets--what a riot!! Aren't kids funny?!

screamish said...

oh my god you cant win! this is hilarious

Kate said...

Oh my word, we used to buy those same Dino nuggets! But now I can't find them anymore. The store just decided to stop selling them. But I think I loved them just as much as my monkey, I thought they were delicious. I found some replacement chicken strips, but occasionally he mentions that he hopes the Dino nuggets will make a come back. And dude, I am impressed by your calmness with the brontosaurus mix up! LOL.

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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