enjoyed the commentary on mothers in the May issue of
Capsules, the newsletter from the Auxiliary at Community
Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. It includes some cute
mom-isms, such as the answer to the question, "How did
God make mothers?" posed to elementary school students.
plus super powers and lot of stirring," said one kiddo.
get a lot of stirring from wise women over our years of
day, after living in New Mexico most of my life, I get hungry
for green chile enchiladas when the weather is rainy and cool.
Why? For some unknown reason, those rare rains hitting the
desert always meant Mom would be making enchiladas for dinner
ó "stacked" with an egg on top.
one of my "adopted" mothers, gave me this advice
that she had received from her mother: "Remember dear, at
every main meal, include two vegetables ó one that grows
above the ground and one that grows below the ground."
Turns out this advice makes more than just practical sense.
Colorful and nutritious combinations such as broccoli and
carrots, tomatoes and onions, green beans and yams are rich in
compounds that guard against cancer and heart disease.
home for dinner." Even back in the stone age, my Mom
recognized that itís important not to just feed kids, but to
eat with them. Today, research confirms that children and
teens who eat regular meals with their families (no
television, cell phones or computers, please) are more likely
to get better grades in school and are less likely to fall
into unhealthy behaviors.
early school years, I can still hear my mom say,
"Breakfast is almost ready," on cold mornings when I
was not particularly motivated to get dressed. So Iíd put on
my clothes in front of the heater vent and watch for her to
place a bowl of warm oatmeal and a glass of milk on the
kitchen table. Studies continue to show the benefits of
"breaking the fast" before running out the door.
Students learn better, workers think better, and dieters lose
better when we start the day with nourishing food.
seemed to know instinctively how to teach healthful eating
habits to her children. She understood what registered
dietitian and child feeding expert Ellyn Satter calls the
"division of responsibility" for feeding kids.
Parents, says Satter, are responsible for what, when and where
their kiddos eat. Children are responsible for how much they
eat Ö or if they eat at all.
get to practice this all over again as a grandmother, who
someone has described as "a mom with lots of frosting who
never runs out of hugs or cookies."
your Motherís Day!