I am running on fumes here, so forgive me if this makes very little sense
First, on the tensions. The big thing that I wonder about is whether we should be appalled or concerned that this is pretty much a conversation had by women. Any caring father has these tensions, as well. Among the builder husbands, some lean in to their careers more and miss out on some family time, while others have changed their careers in order to be around on weeknights for dinner and sports. In both cases, it is complicated and there are pros and cons. There is the “professional excellence” or “nurturing parent” tension, and then there is the added “obligation to support my family” tension, one that we still usually forgo when we are talking about women’s career decisions.
Second, on the tensions, this, which backs up what I said in my comments.
Next, to a magical combination of recent posts. My baby has recently begun refusing purreed food, which is rough, because he doesn’t have enough teeth to eat any non purreed vegetables besides peas at this stage. Also, I have a fridge crammed with homemade babyfood going to waste. This morning I followed the advice of The Sweet Potato Chronicles and mixed some baby food squash with cinnamon into the milk and egg batter for french toast. I used super whole grain bread and cooked it the regular way in butter on a griddle. The results were delicious and devoured! Non of my children noticed a thing, so the baby got a full serving of vegetables, but so did all of the big kids. My pickiest eater went off to the school bus with three slices of whole grain squash french toast on board! After a week of bad experiments (slow cooker oatmeal, apple muffins, both of which no one ate and I don’t blame them) it was good to have a successful breakfast today.
Note: The recipe does not come up on a search of the SPC blog, but I got it from their new book. Based on this success, I am going to try their version of slow cooker oatmeal, and also some of their one pot meals look great for winter!