Before I had children I didn't realise there was some unwritten rule that "good" mothers home cook every single meal their kids eat from the time they're old enough for solids. I didn't know I had to spend hours cooking, blending and freezing little cubes of pureed goodness for my baby.
I certainly didn't expect my first daughter to prefer commercial food to my painstakingly prepared cuisine. But she did.
I bought a handful of "baby and toddler meal" cookbooks and would spend eons preparing dishes I felt sure she would adore...only to have them to spat back at me sooner than you can say "drop cloth". With much guilt I'd resort once again to the old faithful jars.
Each Mothers' Group I would turn up, ready-meal in my carry all, only to be confronted by other mums sporting wonderfully delicious-looking home concoctions...and that guilt would grow. I persisted in trying new recipes, to absolutely no avail...I had failed.
Eventually, I realised it didn't make a scrap of difference. At nearly three, Olivia is thriving and in good health, and still eats a McCain Healthy Choice meal sooner than my creations (there's no accounting for taste). So, with Sophia, I'm just not going to put myself though the torture.
I have a cupboard full of Rafferty's Garden products (pictured above) which Sophia and I agree are yummy. They're shelf stable, are made of completely natural ingredients, and come in enough varieties for neither of us to get bored in a hurry.
So, I'm done with Mother Guilt when it comes to food...I'm letting Rafferty do the hard work for me (he's doing a far better job than I ever could!)
What gives you Mother Guilt?