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8/19/12 7:01 P

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My son is still a teenager. He is 18 years old and is leaving on Wednesday 22nd for basic training for the Army national guard.

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8/16/12 10:08 P

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something that's bothering me, since were on the subject of kids...
i know the first rule is not to give parents advice if you dont have kids yourself, BUT,
we stayed by a friends house and in the course of 4 days this 8 year old girl ate cheese fries (4 meals), mac n cheese (2 meals), pancakes with chocolate chips (all 4 mornings), polished off 2 boxes of smores cereal, a bag of doritos, a piece of chocolate cake, an ice cream sanwich, a cheese pizza (she picked off the meat and veggies) and 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries.
there was no veggies, fruit (except the few blueberries), juice, or any meat. it was all bad carbs.
the litttle girl is on the edge of not being little. how do i say something? or how do i not say something?


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8/16/12 1:05 P

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Making my husband pay for the groceries wouldn't help, we have a joint checking account, so it's the same thing either way. However, that being said, I lucked out in that department, my husband is really great about adhering to the grocery list and making healthy choices. My son would totally use his allowance to buy junk food, so I think the important thing is to teach kids that they don't need to be putting junk food in their body. And if they do, only once in a while and even then, in moderation. It's all about teaching them to make better choices, which will be good for them in areas other than just food as they get older. Just my two cents though.

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8/16/12 1:02 P

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It was an awesome day when my daughter, 20, told me that even though we don't always make the best choices, I have taught her well about nutrition and exercise and she is really grateful.

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8/16/12 12:54 A

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That is so cool and it is so funny what kind of habits kids can learn or teach you! My little niece still gets on my case every she catches me with a diet pepsi! She also helps you make healthy choices. She dose still like her candy like most kids, but overall she will help you make good decisions. Just keep taking him with and teaching him more. He will get it, but also remember that it is ok to give in once in a while as long as he knows it needs to be a treat!

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8/15/12 11:19 P

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NEWS FLASH! lol! whether you take your boys, teenagers or HUSBANDS shopping they are all the same! they will all throw things in the cart and whine when you say we dont need that!

i dont have kids, just the husband and when we go shopping together i make him pay the bill and that usually curbs the "toss everything in" mentality. would that work? make the kids get out their allowance to buy something not on the list? i dunno, just a thought.

if i have the patience i make him read the nutrition label but he falls into the pitfall of not realizing that there may be only 100 calories in a serving but say there may be 6 servings in a box.

Marriage isn’t like a tray of hors d'oeuvres. You can’t just pick what you fancy; you’ve got to take the lot or nothing. – Cary Grant, The Grass Is Greener

“Fairy tales, are more than true. Not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be defeated.” — G.K. Chesterton


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8/15/12 11:06 A

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I'm so glad I read this! I'm in the same boat. My son isn't a teenager just yet, but will be in about a year and a half. It seems like when I take him grocery shopping (an already miserable chore for me) that it takes double the time to get everything on my list. Sometimes he's wanting to add meals to my menu plan for the week and I have to remind him about 5 times that I have a menu plan for the week and a grocery list, and a budget to adhere to, so if it's not something on the list, I'm not buying it. It's frustrating for me, but after reading your post about it, I realize that it is important for him to come with me so that he can learn about all of these things too. I always have to remind myself that someday he'll be on his own and he'll need to know how to grocery shop without buying only junk or be able to cook himself a meal that isn't full of preservatives. I am nearly a month into my new lifestyle and I can already tell that it's influencing him in a good way, which just makes me want to keep going all the more. It's a process that takes a lot of learning and patience, but it's definitely a process that's worth it in the end.

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8/15/12 6:38 A

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I was just telling my husband that we are responsible for our kids eating habbits because we taught them. I am glad you are taking him to the store. We are reteaching our kids slowly, and they are grasping the healthier eating concepts. We have an app called shop well and it gives you healthier alternatives when you just don't know. The kids like working the app, so they are learnig too.

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8/15/12 1:04 A

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My son is 13 and is a great kid. Today, my second day on my new lifestyle we were grocery shopping and I realized just how my bad habits have created some challenging ones for him. There was not an isle we went down that I didn't say "No, we need a healthier choice" or "no, please Jordan...." LOL
I remember thinking NOT taking him grocery shopping again! But now, as I reflect I realize, this is completely my fault and I MUST take him grocery shopping over and over for the next few years. I have to undo my bad habits and teach him to count calories, protein and make healthier choices. Eye opener eh? Here I was grumpy because I felt like he wasn't being supportive, and in all fact, he just made me that much more stubborn to reach this healthy living goal.
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