When it comes to parenting I try to stay as neutral as possible. Parenting is such a unique experience for all of us that while I certainly have my personal likes/dislikes, I try with all my might to keep from judging others. Breastfeeding, cloth diapering, co-sleeping...they are all such heated debates and while I know whats right for my family, I can't say I know what's right for others.
I can not for the life of me help judging others when it comes to nutrition and diets and what not. It's the one thing I get all judgey wudgy about. I try to mind my own but the obesity epidemic that is rolling its way across our nation is sickening. No one seems to want to take the blame or own up. i can't help but point the finger at the parents. When you oversee every little detail of your child's life how do you possible slack on the most important...their HEALTH!
A good example...
We grabbed a coffee the other day a little after lunch and there was a mom and her daughter (oh, say, maybe 8 years old?). Both were overweight. The mom got a ginormous chocolaty coffee thing and she got her little girl a large...LARGE!!... blue coolatta and a doughnut.
Okay, I'm no rocket scientist but I am pretty sure this is the reason we have such an obesity problem.
Not only is that an insanely unhealthy snack but the portion sizes push the calorie limit to the absolute brink. My guess is it probably had as many calories as some people's meals.
Even if you pay devil's advocate and say 'oh, maybe it was a special treat" why not get her a kiddie size, or even a small? Why a LARGE???
Parents need to step up and take some responsibility for what their kids eat. Society certainly plays a part and with the constant push for fast food and designer TV dinners but at the end of the day we are the ones who shape and form our children's eating habits.
I stand by that the old saying "You are what you eat" and if this is so then I'm currently a bowl of cheerios and a plate of fresh fruit. My son? He ate the same this morning.
My goal is that he eats what I eat and I eat healthy so he should develop the same healthy relationship I have with food.
Okay, I am done with the rant. Now I wanna know...
A. How do you teach your kids to enjoy healthy food?
B. Whats the one thing you let them splurge on?
C. Whats the one big parenting issue you just can't help but judge others on?