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MRSMAGISTRA SparkPoints: (6,092)
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7/27/11 2:09 P

I know I am doing things differently ! =) We DO plan our meals with our DD, as well as exercise regularly with her. We do not stress the calories, but the sugar and bad fats, as well as stressing the healthy fats and choices we can make. As parents, we NEED to do what we think is right and take responsibility for our kids. I know I cannot MAKE her eat healthy foods when she is older, but we CAN give her the foundation to make better choices. Have a great day, everyone !!

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7/26/11 11:30 P

I think what you are doing is amazing!!! It is so hard to change routines we are comfortable with, especially in terms of eating and exercising and what you grew up with. Your mom was just doing what was the norm in her time, obesity wasn't such an issue back then i'm sure. Now that it is an issue and you are enlightened, it is absolutely your job as a Mother to make sure that you do everything you can to teach your children healthy living habits!

Grandparents are going to spoil grandchildren no matter what, and thats ok for them to have treats with her, but I definately think you are doing the right thing. You realize how difficult it is for you to get a grip on your health as an adult, and it's important that you prevent your children from having to deal with the same things you are! It's not just about being obese, it's about health in general. It's about diabetes and heart disease and self esteem!

Keep doing what you are doing, I say! It's your job to push healthy habits and routines on your children!

BJACOBS84 Posts: 174
7/26/11 10:08 P

You know. I have two kids but can only speak about my oldest as my youngest is still a baby. He is 7 and I've raised him entirely different than I was raised when it comes to being active and healthy foods. I'm slowly trying to change myself as well so that I'm not just a "Do as I say and not as I do" parent. He does exercise but not always "working out" so to speak. We walk frequently. I push my daughter in the stroller and my son will either walk with me, ride his scooter or ride his bike. So he is active when I am. He gets out of the house and gets some exercise in. We walk to school as opposed to driving. The only exception is when it is snowing. We walk even in the rain and here in the Pacific Northwest...that is pretty often. But when he sees me exercising, I'd say a good half of the time he joins in. If I'm doing situps, he plops down and does them with me. He plays games on the Kinect and sadly, is wayyy better at Zumba than me or my husband. lol I push him outside to play constantly. We have a back playing field for our neighborhood with a basketball court and soccer goal. Whenever he sees kids out there, he goes to play. We take him to play frisbee, soccer, etc. He knows at 7 that it is very important to be active to stay healthy and live longer. The same for foods. Now, he loves his junk food like every other person out there but we do limit him. We've actually stopped keeping junk food in the house. It was too tempting even for us adults. But we do keep the fridge stocked with precut (ourselves) veggies, fruits and yogurt. It's fine to have a snack and if they are use to eating X amount of food a day that is something that should be lowered slowly. You can't go from allowing them to have say....6 unhealthy snacks a day to having no snacks at all. Still allow snacks but replace them with much healthier options and make sure it isn't just mindless eating. Sometimes I'll tell my son to go have a glass of water, usually that was all he needed but if he's still hungry, he can feel free to go grab a snack. And we still take him out and get him a candy bar or ice cream often. He's a very healthy, slim kid and I hope that the things we are teaching him are something that will stick with him for a lifetime.

But I would push to change their lifestyles. It's easier when they are young and they might whine now but they will thank you in 10, 20, 30 years.

Edited by: BJACOBS84 at: 7/26/2011 (22:09)
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7/26/11 2:35 P

I grew up in a house where cookies and cake were waiting for you when you got home from school and exercise did not exist. My mom was a baker and feed us alot of unhealthy food all the time which turned me into a heavy child and now adult. Over the last year or so I have started to learn that this lifestyle is not healthy or normal. Even today I was talking to my mom and she said gosh you eat so healthy! Is that a bad thing? Well she doesn't understand it and probably never will.

It is really hard to change what you have learned. I wish I had grown up in a house that daily exercise and healthy food eating was the norm. I have struggled with this as I am now a mother of an 11 and 8 year old. My 11 year old is now over weight. So today I strive to change that. I feel bad not letting my kids eat cookies and treats everyday and telling them no when they ask for food. Do you think in being a good parent you also have the responsibility to teach them healthy eating and exercise? I feel like if they learn it now they will carry it with them into adulthood. I just second guess myself because my mom does not live this way and when she is with them lets them eat all these bad foods.

I just don't know if I should be pushing exercise and healthy eating on them. Do other people also raise their children in healthy way with food and exercise?

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