It’s been interesting having one boy in my triplet mix. When you’re pregnant you don’t think too much about toddler gender equality. You paint their room neutral colors like green and yellow and decorate with zoo animals. People buy your boy blue clothes and the girls pink clothes. One day Mr. wanted to have the pink cup. I’m sure he started becoming confused why he never got to use that particular cup. I personally could care less, it’s just a color, especially to a 2-year old, but we live in such a gender specific society it’s interesting how many people find this alarming. A family friend almost had a break down when she saw Mr. using a pink pacifier when he was a newborn. Look…I was tired, very tired and they got whatever paci was clean at the time whether it was blue, green, pink or yellow. The way I see it…infants and toddlers don’t know what gender identifiable colors are. They just see colors. And regardless, there are plenty of men out there who wear pink.
I was surpised once again when speaking to a young man about the kids having a tea party. The young man’s eyes grew wide and shocked as if I just told him I bathe my kids in mud. He went on to ask, “Mr. goes to the tea parties too? Even though he’s a boy? What does your husband think?” I just find this line of questioning so strange. Am I alone in this? Heck…who doesn’t love a great party? When you invite monkeys and giraffes it’s certain to be a really good time. I truly don’t understand why a tea party is assumed to be only a girl thing. Men go to parties right? They often drink tea right? They can’t do this at the same time? Besides, I’m not sure what the male acceptible version would be…maybe a mini pretend keg party? Or…we could dress them up in little suits and ties and play martini bar.
If you are a man reading this blog it’s time to man up and have a tea party with your kids no matter what their gender. If you begin to really drink black, green, or oolong tea (not just pretend), you’ll get the benefits of added antioxidants in your diet which just may help reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer. A matter of fact, tea ranks as high or higher in antioxidants than many fruits and vegetables. This is especially good news for those of you who have a hard time getting in a variety of fruits and veggies each day.
Oh…and to answer the young man’s question of what my husband thinks? Well, he is a regular tea drinker…
And he never misses an opportunity to attend a tea party. Heck…even our dog Finn loves a good tea party!
Not good enough? Check out some of my male friends who make drinking tea and going to tea parties pretty cool!
Look! Here’s celebrity dad blogger and columnist Daft Daddy enjoying some tea with wee Mac
Dale Fruit, avid outdoorsman, hit the tea party scene big with the Boys and Girls Club promoting the book, Sarah Elizabeth Plans a Tea Party by author Monica Brandner hosted by Executive Women International Spokane.
Some helpful tea tips:
Adding citrus from lemon, lime or orange to your tea is a good idea. The flavonoids in tea may partially block the absorption of iron from plant based foods and a little Vitamin C from the citrus can help decrease some of that action. This is especially a good idea if you are a vegetarian or vegan and depend on plant based iron sources.
Use brewed tea in your juicing or smoothies to add some extra antioxidants.
Brew flavored iced teas to keep in your refrigerator during the hot summer months as a low calorie, cool drink in place of soda or juice.
Brew black chai tea with rice or almond milk for a delicious sweet treat. These two types of milks have a sweet flavor compared to cow’s milk so you don’t have to doctor it up with a ton of added sugar.