On a good day, parenting will test the integrity of your character. On a bad day, parenting will test your will to live. Parenting children with trauma histories will cause you to test the integrity of everything and everyone you thought you knew, for the rest of your life.
~J. Skrobisz

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Are Gummies Healthy?

"Gummies are healthy!"

"no, they're not."

"Gummies are TOO good for you! The box says 'fat free'!!!!"

This is what Sissy hollered in my face yesterday as she leaned over the table in front of the therapist. She'd already had a brownie, was pacing, still hungry. Rules at my house are if you ask for something healthy when you're still hungry, I'll always say yes. Such was her rebuttal.

I did offer a banana, banana chips, almonds, prunes, raisins, apples, oranges, celery, carrots, salad, cheese, applesauce, peaches, yogurt ... heck, I even threw in pudding at the end. (I know, it's not "healthy" but I was going for broke)

Each offer was met with a defiant, angry, hollering, "WHAT?!? I HATE THAT!"

I tried redirecting. "What book are you reading in school right now?"

"Gummies are healthy!"

"You did a good job on your progress report. Keep up the good work. I'm proud of you!"


"now that your spelling is done, how would you like to spend your free time?"


*me looking at the therapist for help*

She laughed.


I sighed.

The therapist ignored Sissy and asked me, "So, how are you?"

My turn to laugh.

Sissy stomped off, "FINE!!!!!"

WG called from the other room, "Sissy, Gummies are NOT healthy. They're like candy."

"No they're not!"

"Whatever," WG quipped.

To WG, "WHAT?!? Geez!" To herself as she stomped to her room, "The box says they're fat free, that's got to mean they're healthy."

The therapist says to me, "She really does argue, doesn't she?"

"Yep. Only, her arguments have no support and make no sense so it's really hard not to laugh."

"And laughing..."

"... pisses her off. Would you like some gummies? I hear they're healthy."

Sissy, shouting at us from her room, "AUUUGGHHH!!! They are TOO healthy!!!"

It's never dull at my house. Never, ever dull. Come on over, anytime. Door's always open. Just a heads up, you might want to bring your own healthy snacks because apparently at my house, gummies are healthy.


GB's Mom said...

Maybe if you soak them in Vodka?

Heather said...

LOL! I was thinking the same thing :)

Jane said...

I loved this!

I know there is such a thing as wine jelly. Do you think the Gummie people could make Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay flavors?

Elizabeth-Anne said...

Glad you have a therapist with a sense of humor, too. Maybe the two of you can soak the gummies off the clock...

Miz Kizzle said...

I am like a PSA when it comes to gummies. I loved 'em and snarfed them by the handfulls until I needed $3,000 worth of dental work.
And yet, I practice good dental hygiene but gummies are cunning and sticky and they cling to nooks and crannies that even careful brushing and flossing doesn't reach.
Now, Sissy wouldn't care about the expense but it HURTS to have major dental work.
Tell her from someone who knows to avoid gummies.