Trek Women
November 19, 2007

Kick the Can

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Hi, my name is Jen and I am a Diet Coke addict.  This has not been a life-long addiction.  I think it may have started in college.  I love that cold can of bubbly caffeine. . . it was tough to give up when I was pregnant with both of my kids but I did.  I remember being in the hospital after delivering Cameron and being excited because I could have a nice cold diet coke again.  This has been a serious affliction. 

Well, the time has come for me to try and kick the can.  My main motivation - I can't live with the questions anymore.  "Mom, why is it okay for you to have Diet Coke but not me?"   "Ummmmm, it's not that good for you."   "So why do you drink it?"   I don't have a good answer suitable for a 7 year old to that question.

Life was much easier when my kids were smaller and couldn't talk back.  Then they started talking and I thought "Great, we can communicate now!"  Then came whining.  I made it through whining - barely.  Then came the "But Why?" phase.  That's when I understood the deep rooted primal phrase "Because I said so."  I'm sure there were Cave-mothers who said this same thing.  I thought I could get through that and then I'd be on the path to well-adjusted kids (ha!!, as if that really exists). 

Now, I am in a much harder phase - the phase where my kids look at everything I do and say and judge it.  They question the moral fiber of everything Jeff and I do and say and whether or not we follow all "rules" in life to a T.  (Let me tell you how hard it is to drive with  your own little speed-cops sitting in the back seat.)   My guess is that "setting a good example" may well be the hardest phase that I endure as an adult and a parent.  Not because I'm a bad person but because there are so many things that we, as adults, do without thinking that are cause for questioning by a kid.  I guess it's not quite as simple as "Eat your vegetables" and "Because I said so!" 

So, I am now entering my kick the can phase because being able to look your kid in the eye is sometimes more satisfying than the cold bubbly caffeine.

-Jen

Comments

you could always pour it into a glass!! hope all is well.

Posted by: Kristin | Nov 19, 2007 1:43:05 PM

Good thing I don't mind saying, "because I said so" (he says, as he opens a can of Diet Coke . . . mmmmmmmm . . . .

Posted by: Jeff | Nov 19, 2007 3:40:02 PM

How about a nice cold bottle of Honest Tea iced tea? Okay... so it's not bubbly... but it is cold, healthy and yummy and they have those cute little sayings on the lid!

Remember, one day at a time. :)

Good luck!
Ronni

Posted by: Ronni Arno Blaisdell | Nov 19, 2007 6:17:07 PM

Hi Jen. I love reading your blog. If you need to sneak a a Diet Coke, you are welcome to come over anytime and have one with me!
Carol

Posted by: Carol Mink | Nov 21, 2007 9:01:25 PM

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