Mama Kat Dishes on Dinner: Food, Family & Force Feeding Picky EatersBrooke McLay
She said it herself, she’s “just an attention craving poodle.” Sure enough, Mama Kat (aka Kathy from Mama Kat’s Losin’ It) has recieved a lot of attention since 2007 when she first took to the blogosphere with her uber hilarious mommy blog. Her never ending quest to get the attention of Ellen Degeneres is a hysterically sarcastic romp, laced with humor and wit, her daily retellings of life, child rearing, and daycare managing are equally fun to tune into. Though Mama Kat has certainly made a name for herself as a writer, teacher, and cynically delicious blogger, she’s also a very devoted mother. Of course, you wouldn’t expect Mama Kat to be devoted to anything without having a very specific philosophy and opinion, with a hefty peppering of humor. Here, Mama Kat dishes on how she makes food, family, and authentic Hawaiian Kalua Pork work at her house.
Who does the cooking in your house?
I do the cooking…we don’t trust my husband’s concoctions, but he can be trusted to clean up, so I let him do that.
As a working parent, how do you fit family mealtimes into your busy schedule?
I run a home daycare so it’s actually very easy for me to cook. I happen to do it amidst 10 excited children, but it gets done.
What does family dinner look like in your home?
A typical dinner looks like pasta, green beans, buttered bread, and cheese slices. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t whip up a few items that I know my incredibly picky children will eat though. I can’t stand watching them walk away from dinner on empty bellies.
What are your family’s favorite meals?
We’re all different. My husband likes variety throughout the week, I could eat lasagna every evening and the kids really only want quesadillas. If we had to agree on ONE meal to eat together…I suppose it would be ice cream.
What would you have your children learn from you about food and family?
That eating together as a family should always be first priority. I know it’s not always convenient and we definitely can’t do it every night, but it’s the only time we have to sit quietly and stare at each other.
What sort of food & family philosophies drive the way you feed your family?
I don’t believe in forcing food down my kids’ throats. One bite is plenty…I just want to see them try it. I know forcing the eating will only cause them to hate it more and make dining together a less enjoyable experience for all of us. They’re allowed to eat what they can and I always make sure there is at least one thing on the table that I know they like.
Cook Mama Kat Style tonight with her super simple recipe for Crockpot Kalua Pork.
Kathy, aka Mama Kat, jokingly refers to herself as an attention craving poodle on her blog, Mama’s Losin’ It. She was inspired to begin blogging back in 2007, not only because of her life-long love for writing, but also as a way to stay connected to her work experience as an English teacher. Kathy is particularly savvy at integrating humor and heart into her posts, as evidenced by her wildly successful Writer’s Workshop. In order to participate in this weekly meme, bloggers select a topic from a series of writing prompts that Kathy dreams up, create a post, and then link to her site in order to increase their own web traffic. When not working on her blog or on Twitter, Kathy keeps busy as the owner of a daycare business.