There’s a time of day when the 4 year old should have had a nap, but now if you lay him down he won’t sleep tonight. It’s the time of day when he sees his sister’s chocolate protein bars that are tucked away in her closet, so her brothers and sisters won’t eat them, and she can have them for after her pointe class. The time when he brings the box to her with his big baby eyes and says, “Can I have one?” And she has to say, “no” because if he gets one then they all will want one and she won’t have what she needs for dance class.
Then his cute little lip sticks out, and big alligator tears trickle down his cheeks and your heart breaks and melts into a pile of enabling goo. And you know if you don’t do something, that sad little moment will turn into a kicking, screaming, thrashing, a “oh why didn’t I give the toddler a nap?”, moment.
When this happens, I take him by the little hand. And put a spoon in it. Then we pour honey, peanut butter, cocoa powder, and oats in a pan and wait for the magic to happen.
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1 cup quick oats
Place honey in a saucepan over medium high heat. Stirring until it is very runny. Turn off the heat and add the peanut butter and cocoa powder, stirring until smooth. Add oats and stir until mixture forms a dough. Roll tablespoons of dough into balls and let cool for a few minutes (or don’t.) Eat right away and store the leftovers (there won’t be any) in an airtight container. Then cuddle your boy with a good book.