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A Big Thanks to Popeye - The "Spinach" Sailor Man!

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Since the last few months, my teenager has been refusing to have spinach. The excuses are different each time. As a result, I need to find out innovative ways to make him have those nutritious leaves. And it is then that I really really miss Popeye!

This cartoon, who is a sailor lands himself in several types of challenging situations. It is just when he is not able to find his way, that he opens his can of spinach and pops it up. The spinach gives hime the strength and wisdom to get himself out of any blues. Thanks to Popeye that spinach was and is popular amongst his kid fan club. When my boy was small, Popeye used to be one of his favorite shows and as Popeye always has spinach, this kiddo loved it too! So things were very easy for me, just point to Popeye and the spinach would be gulped in minutes.
Now he is growing up and cannot be convinced in these ways! Nutrition is the only way that I can explain him. The whole point behind this incident is also that animations and cartoons are not just a pass time. They influence the kids a lot and are also capable of teaching them a lot of things. Popeye is one of the examples where a positive aspect influences the kids at a tender age.

How I wish that every animation would give such fruitful message and make life easier for Moms.
Miss you Popeye !

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Go Ask Mum said...

I use so many different analogies with eating vegetables. We even roast carrot sweet potato and pumpkin together and he can not tell the difference. We say they are all pumpkin. As if he knows its carrot he starts to balk ( psychological issue clearly ) . Its good to see that you like popeye though. Thumbs up on the post.

Jason said...

Popeye was an ultimate cartoon series and the spinach part in the cartoon always attracted children :)

shreya said...

Awesome post. Just loved it. I am completely impressed. Popeye is the best cartoon series I have ever seen...thank u for the post.

The Parenting Forum said...

Thank you all for your comments.

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