Thais Freitas

Storytelling & Communications Strategy

My son loves my food – oh, wait.

Vintage drawing of a creepy boy eating canned beans

It seems like every parent on LinkedIn is sharing life lessons their enlightened children are teaching them, so I decided this was a good time to share what my offspring have taught me so far. Here’s what happened a few nights ago:

I put my four-year-old son, Eli, to bed and he started talking about the things he learned at daycare that day, as he does every night. This night it was about food, he was listing what was healthy food and what wasn’t. Cool. Then he held his little stuffed tiger in his hand and asked:

– Hey, Tiger, what do you wanna eat?

So he answered in the voice of Tiger:

– I want to eat pizza.

To which Eli promptly replied:

– Oh no, Tiger, pizza isn’t healthy food. Healthy food is mommy’s food.

OMG, I was so proud! Finally, my child recognized and appreciated all the effort and love I put into keeping him and his little brother alive and thriving!

But then “Tiger” responded immediately:

Ew, no, I don’t like it. I vomit mommy food.


Yes. So what lesson can we learn from this interaction with my brood, friends?

Always use a condom.

🙊 Oops, no, no, wrong one. Well, maybe. But here’s another one:

It doesn’t matter how hard you work at something, some of your stakeholders just won’t appreciate it.

If possible, you should find another job where your work is appreciated. In other cases, like mine, you can only hope they take matters into their own hands and become the next Junior Master Chef. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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