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Before I had a baby I was vaguely trying to understand being a mom (it’s a hard concept to grasp but I did my best) and now that I am a mom for real and I am also on a show “Switched at Birth” where I play the mom of not one but two teenage girls, it is surreal!!!!!!!!!!! I forgot to mention that this princess thing happened at around age 3.5… In this corner, the All-time Champion, Little Tommy, weighing in at 40 lbs! Moms trying to get their kids to eat vegetables or eat healthy or just eat anything!
I will totally and enthusiastically be there for her if she needs me!! Or who can do the right thing EVEN when no one is looking…… But that means,,, less cuddle time, less explaining , cajoling, urging, reprimanding, less everything….omg, I’m gonna miss my baby so much!!!! Especially when I am at work and see how independent and autonomous my “pretend” girls are!!!! As a result of this, my daughter is an amazing eater!!!! she will eat all of them,, and the best part, she also likes them! My daughter learned she doesn’t have to eat her vegetables if she doesn’t want to, but she will not get to the next course if she doesn’t. ) I know I will not be able to control what my daughter eats for the rest of her life, but I can for now!
Ok, so by this time everyone knows I am an actress and also an older parent….. Sometimes I regret waiting so long to have a child but, I don’t make the rules. (I hear they can be pretty scary but, if I know this ahead of time, then I know it’s not just my kid who becomes a psycho and I can be more prepared! ” I mean when I was a new parent I was like “Fine, fine, FINE! It goes fast.” I am sleep deprived and exhausted, this is tough. Speaking like they do, and wearing make up and THOSE clothes!! And here is my reasoning: Many of the old princess stories emphasize beauty, wardrobe and much too much emphasis on how you look on the outside! It was as if I had been bitten by the princess bug too!!! We were invited to a party and low and behold, it was, you guessed it,, a princess themed party… I realized this anti-princess battle was not going to be won by me….. I was a tomboy remember,, a scrapper,,, & in all honesty, I loved to win!!! After many hours of analyzing my options…, I realized most often the princesses started in non-fancy clothes, had to deal with a lot of adversity, and in the end they always came out on top. Being a princess is all about how you behave and how you are on the INSIDE! At the dinner table, in the car, before bed, potty time. She would sit still,, she would use her napkin,, she would share. ” It apparently was SO important she said it again for which I was very very thankful. I have also read that it is healthier to eat smaller meals more often throughout the day… Of course if she didn’t eat I moved up the next mealtime a little. The other thing I learned was to course the meal out: First, I served the vegetable. If she doesn’t want to eat what I have made, she does not have to. If my daughter consistently hated something after 10 times I would remove it from the menu but try to make up the vitamins with some other kind of food….
And as an older parent I admit, I am A LOT more tired! The universe decided it was going to take me a while to get to be a mom! I start missing my daughter’s toddler years already!!!!! I go home and I know that I will not always have to deal with the not-able-to-wear-a-princess-dress-in-a- rainstorm drama, or have that little body to cuddle or gently (or not so gently) plop into my lap during dinner time. This to me was a recipe for shallow thinking and way to many opportunities for me to squander my money on accessories. She wasn’t so little anymore and she heard princess stories EVERYWHERE!!!!!!! I thought to myself, “Okay, I’ll just dabble a little. I’ll balance it with a little bit of doctor dress-up and superhero dress-up. With a real live human princess dressed in all the sparkle and flowery regalia that they wear!!! Seriously, she walked around like a dazed zombie just staring at this princess adoring her from afar because she was too shy to go up close. They may not have looked like princesses on the outside but inside their behavior was totally princess like… I wasn’t really sure what she meant by this but, I do remember watching moms over the years trying to get their children to eat and how the children really, really, really enjoyed saying NO. Honestly in the beginning it was a complete learning experience for me too, I realized that I was measuring my worth as a mother by whether my child ate or not.
Our children can accomplish amazing things if they just have a healthy body fueled by healthy food. You'll find a lot of information and some personal thoughts I wanted to share with you. " So do your best to enjoy it Otherwise, what's the point?
What ever you choose to do, and however you do it, I wish you all the strength and courage in the world because you’re going to need it. I also applaud you for taking the time to read and research how other moms do things!
So I decided to teach my daughter that being a princess was more than what you wear or how you look.
Also I have her eat vegetables with lunch and dinner…. none of us really wants to eat vegetables for breakfast! I also know that someday, after she has has lulled me into a false sense of security, a mealtime will come where my daughter’s head will spin all the way around and peas will come flying out at me like the movie the Exorcist!!
While shooting I realize as I am doing scenes with these girls,,hugging these actresses, arguing with them, sharing mature girl time with them; THAT is a glimpse into the future with my daughter!!!!!!!!! Then of course, I saw another one in a different color this time. They said please, they said thank you, they didn’t interrupt, they shared, yada yada yada. We’re way older and don’t have as much stamina as they do!!! If I couldn’t fight the princesses I was going to use them to help squash the terrible threes…. She would look at me stunned/tortured as if I had some kind of special power. So now,,, when we are out getting our playdate on.. strangers often compliment me on my daughter’s manners. And while I was sitting there in a sleep deprived, cracked nipples breast feeding haze.. I also need to tell you, my daughter eats five times a day. She didn’t have to feel hungry for a long, but she did learn what her hunger felt like (I in turn, also learned how to breathe and tolerate the anxiety of knowing my daughter didn’t eat as much as I would have liked her to). The last thing that I learned was a very simple rule. I THINK CHEFS AND COOKS ARE SOME OF THE MOST UNDER RATED, UNDER APPRECIATED, AND TALENTED PEOPLE IN THE WORLD!! My daughter knows we eat what I have prepared and that’s it. She knows if she doesn’t like what I have prepared, she has the choice not to eat it. Every once in a while, I also hear “I don’t like this!
From 2002 to 2007 Marie was seen in the same series of comedians George Lopez, which she and Lopez were nominated jointly in 2004 for a Young Artist Award.