So I’m at the park, minding my own business (and trying to talk sense into a rambunctious two year old who insists on trying to jump OFF of the slide), when some broad starts to chastise me about not “letting the kids have any fun”… while pointing to the snack I laid out for them, which was diced avocado, halved cherry tomatoes, whole-wheat pretzels, and water (oh the horror!!!)
And then I look to her [chubby] child, struggling up the play-set steps, with a bag of Doritos in one hand and a Mountain Dew in the other.
I died a little inside.
I am totally not the person who is completely against ever ever ever having an unhealthy treat, but childhood obesity is sickening and — seriously — what you teach kids will forever shape their view of food. Feed them fruits and veggies, and they’ll eat just that. Feed them junk, and they’ll become addicted.
I know I had to kick the unhealthy eating habits my parents instilled in me, and it has taken years to overcome. At the end of the day, it’s just not worth it.
It really isn’t. Be their advocate.