The Annoying Toddler

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Hi Ronnie
I love all of what you do, but I cannot watch your videos any longer..  your son is adorable however…. can you get a babysitter… way too distracting and somewhat annoying –I’m sorry to say this…I so wish you could do your videos ALONE…  thanks for understanding..  Best of luck to you.

Patty,

I’m sorry to say, then stop watching.  My blogs are an extension of my life and my son is my inspiration. They aren’t produced pieces of work, they aren’t scripted they are me sharing myself, my ideas and my life to those that want to listen.

The fact that you would even write this comment leads me to believe that you really don’t get what it is that I’m trying to do. Which is to show people that it is possible to be busy, have a family, a job, other responsibilities and still make fun healthy meals at home. If you remove the family (aka my son) then what’s the point?

I’m sorry you find him (then consequently me) annoying. Please don’t bother to tell me, simply stop watching.

Thanks for wishing me luck, but I really do not understand.

-Roni

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  1. Allison

    I seriously can not believe that – OBVIOUSLY that woman is not a mother – and does not like kids.

    You and your son are a great team – keep up the great work! :)

  2. Saucy

    First, HUGE kudos to Patty for stepping up, realizing her comment was hurtful, and apologizing. Seriously, it takes a very big person to own what they have done and realize it wasn’t a good idea, then go back and say you’re sorry.

    Secondly, I was wondering if I could send you my teenager and my german shepherd to add to the videos to make it even more hectic? :)

    Oh, and a cat that I can’t keep off the counter. Yeah.

    Wow, life, eh? Great job, Roni! We’re glad to have you!

  3. liza

    I love how this can be a lesson for us all in not judging people. I think that Patty sounds like a very nice person, and gauging from her initial comment probably direct. I think she was trying to share her opinion in as kind a way as possible. I agree (as does she now) that is was probably not necessary to share. I have had to put my foot in my mouth so many times and I want to be forgiven for that and to move on. Don’t we all? Don’t read this comment as me in aggreement with Patty and her opinion of the toddler- I have three kids and probably would have found this comment hurtful if I were Roni as well. It is easy to be offended, but I love how this all worked out! When people communicate intellectually and respectfully there are good outcomes. I think our world is too quicky to get angry and too quick to point fingers- sometimes (I am definitely guilty) the finger should be pointing back at us.

  4. liza

    PS I just watched some of the watermelon one (no sound because my husband is asleep right by me) and I definitely find and entertainment value in watching just for the toddler alone- he is funny. I especially liked how he went to take a huge bite across the table into your watermelon and you had to stop him. And how every scoop he tried to take ended up flying past him onto the floor. Anyway I also wanted to tell you, that you are very patient with him and a very good mother to have him help you, when we all know at that age it is easier to work alone. I really struggle with letting my kids help me sometimes when I am in a hurry and want somthing done really fast or just so, which is most of the time. I feel I am fairly patient, but know I can improve there as well, so thanks for the reminders as I watch you. Hey also- thanks for the guilt trip I go on afterward :) tee hee :)

  5. Summer

    I can’t believe that someone could write such a comment. I love your videos. I really think that it is neat that you involve him in the process. Keep up the awesome work.

  6. Lenora

    YOU GO GIRL!! Way to set things straight Roni! Keep that toddler cookin’! The nerve of some people!

  7. Tammar

    Your answer was right on the spot! You’re great!!!
    I can’t believe this one, but then again… it happened to me. For 22 years I ran a full time travel agency out of my home, while raising 9 children. During certain hours, inevitabely, the kids were home, though well taught not to interrupt- and if it was hectic, I would turn on my answering machine and screen the calls. If I had to pick up to an anxious client or urgent case, my clients were gratefull they had me during those “off” hours. One client- only one- requested that if I speak to her husband, I shoudn’t have kids in the background (they didn’t interrupt- they were just “there”, as they will always be- I hope!!!), as it’s not “professional”. My answer to her, was yours. I politely told her that I was very professional, and if it disturbed her, they should find another agent. They did. (I wonder if it would really bother her husband, or was it HER problem) It wasn’t as if she didn’t have kids of her own.

    The person that wrote to you doesn’t sound like she does, and if she does, I pity them…
    The only thing that bothers me about your toddler is, that you never mention him, or your husband, by name. DOES your toddler have a name?? ;-)
    Maybe I am sensitive, but though I have 9 kids, I have only one David, one Ora, one Avraham, etc…..

    Keep up the good work!

  8. Janice

    Roni, I do not have kids, I am not hugely fond of kids but I think it is great that you include your son. Not only are you teaching him good eating habits but you are involving him in such a major part of your life and now your career. I will continue to watch you videos with you son in it.

  9. Jean

    Very rude, I think that its great you include your family, they are a part of who you are. And your son is adorable and adds to the realness.

  10. Jenn

    This doesn’t add much to the discussion, but I just wanted to say that I showed my husband the My Mango! video yesterday and agreed that all cooking shows should have a toddler assistant. Our little one LOVES watching your little one.

  11. Jo

    Wow- you handled yourself really well. I love your blog, you have really helped me stay on track with my post baby diet. Thank you for all that you do.

  12. Jackie

    Good for you for pointing that person out and making them look stupid. That was just a silly and rude thing for them to write. I hope you were not too hurt by it – people are dumb and often times very selfish!

    Keep it up!

  13. Lee Ann

    I’m glad Patty took time to apologize. But that doesn’t excuse her rude behavior. I hope she gets her hormone levels checked…I think she needs it!

  14. Melissa

    I love the videos with the toddler, and I’m not even actually a big fan of kids. I love that he always has his own part. While reading tonight, I had two very random ideas.

    I think it would be really cute for you to include your husband as well in a video. It may not be possible, but I thought it might be a neat idea. You’re already building such great memories for Ryan; it would be neat to involve dad too.

    Also, I love seeing your before and after pictures. They’re so amazing. I thought a neat thing for you to do especcially after your surgery would be to have some professional pictures made to celebrate your transformation.

  15. Angela

    Wow that is a low blow. Commenting on someone’s kids? Give me a break.
    Thank you for answering so eloquently! Now keep doing what you do!

  16. Lisa

    What a B!!! Sad to say, but oh so true! Just don’t ever have kids Patti – you will never be as good a mom as Roni! I have two, one eight and one two – every moment is precious & you will have these videos to look back on because it al goes by so fast! I love how you got back with her! Go girl!

  17. Mandy

    WOW..i thought this thread was going to be about a picky eater, i was intrigued to see if there was any ideas about getting them to eat properly.
    I NEVER thought it would be the kind of question/remark that it was. How could someone be so heartless to say that Roni’s child is “annoying” I agree with Roni…JUST DONT WATCH!
    what a Jerk!

  18. johanna

    I was shocked to read that too. I mean I love all the videos you make with your kids and the ones without. Even when we can tell your annoyed (not sure that is the right word) it’s so cute. Every mom should be as awesome to their kids. Why can’t people who don’t like videos people make just keep their opinion to their self and watch something else. Watching your videos just keeps me wanting to be a better mom!!!!

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