Sometimes my kid eats dirt

The other day I actually made dinner. I made some bread to go with it. I was feeling pretty good about myself! I was even more excited, because its one of P’s favorite foods.

Well, it didn’t turn out like I expected. He wouldn’t eat much, was whiny, and instead ran out in the garden, sat down with his spoon and started happily eating mouth fulls of dirt.

Here he is, with his dinner spoon, feasting on dirt.

Here he is, with his dinner spoon, feasting on dirt.

At this point, I was intrigued and slightly irritated. I had prepared a yummy, delicious, nutritious dinner and he chose dirt?? I began to realize this little moment was just a taste of what would happen in years to come.

Even at his young age, P has his own desires, interests, and ideas. His idea of a good meal was dirt; my home cooked meal was not. I imagine in the future that there will be more differences of opinion. I’ll disagree with a choice he makes. I’ll think he is absolutely, completely crazy! Not that his choice is bad, but more based on preference I don’t understand. So really, I’m glad I had this experience, because I need these experiences to get used to the fact that I cannot control him.

P is not my son so I can mold him into a mini me. He is my son so that I can present options, nurture his talents, and mostly love him. Love him, even if sometimes he chooses to eat dirt.

How have you learned to love your kids with their unique quirks, personality, and ideas?

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6 thoughts on “Sometimes my kid eats dirt

    • Thanks so much! It is good to hear you’ve had dirt eaters too! Seriously, P is a dedicated dirt eater. He actually seems happy while he’s eating! And honestly, it is quite endearing! Kids and the cute things they do. 🙂 I just hope he outgrows it sometime!

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  1. Haha, my kids would have loved to share some dirt right along with him. The things they have put into their mouth can make my skin crawl and yet try to give them something like broccoli and watch that little mouth glue right shut. 🙂

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    • I’m glad my kid isn’t the only one! And isn’t it hilarious how tight their little lips get when some foods come around? It cracks me up how determined they can be. Gotta love these little people 🙂

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  2. I’m sure your meal was fantastic! Dirt must have a strange pull on kids. Complete with his spoon from dinner, that’s so funny! The quirk that gets me is my middle child ALWAYS wears his underwear and pants on backwards, shirt on inside-out, and shoes in the wrong feet. It used to drive me bonkers, but I’ve learned that the pride he has in dressing himself far outweighs the strange looks I get at the library or grocery store. I love how you put it, we just love them, even if they eat dirt or wear their clothes backwards, or whatever else comes as they grow!

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    • Oh my! That is hilarious! I think you are amazing for letting him be who he is, and loving him for it. I’m exciting to see what else my little P does. You are right. The questions or looks from people aren’t worth a cent. Sometimes it feels like people look at me like “aren’t you going to do something about that?” And I think, nope. We’re choosing our battles, right?? 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

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