My grandbaby Kaile just turned four years old, and with her mom now separated from her dad and working longer hours, she's here through dinner, sometimes til bedtime. I feel like I'm starting over with teaching and modeling food values... Good thing is, her being here pushes me to eat right and not make excuses! Also she and I stretch together, and she "helps" me exercise (free weights, etc). We also "dance" together, using a lot of energy and burning calories!
I'm reading more about kids' nutrition. Unfortunately, she has very limited interest in trying new foods or eating a variety. We end up serving the same items over and over... fruit, cereal and milk, spaghetti, and fresh cut veggies, with two Oreos for dessert. I'm also trying to remember how I dealt with my little ones 20-25 years ago!
My first child is due in a few weeks and my DH and I have talked at length about the food values we want to pass on to him. I agree that one meal and one meal only will be made, family dinner will be a priority, and I want to include my children in cooking as much as possible so they learn to prepare healthy meals and feel some control over what they are eating. My family had terrible eating habits growing up and I want better for the family I am creating!
Pounds lost: 52.0
Fitness Minutes: (134,510) Posts: 15,280 1/24/08 1:51 A
When I had kids at home as a full-time stay-at-home mom, we also had little money to spare. We had the most traditional Norman Rockwell-type dinners! It was wonderful. We all sat and ate together, amid nice fun conversations. What we ate was based on what we could afford, and that included little red meat and everything from scratch (even spaghetti sauce and soups). There was no soda, chips, or store-bought desserts; living in SoCal, we had fresh fruit and veggies aplenty. I had to measure carefully and limit servings because of finances, but the kids always had their fill first. I was the thinniest I've ever been as a healthy person (and very very happy).
When I started working for financial reasons, we had five kids (8 months to 9 years) and it was crazy hectic, especially with no help from my (now ex-) husband (not with cooking, cleaning, shopping OR child care). His help could have made a difference, but... 20 years too late. I was desparately unhappy and began binging late at night. Our family meals became quick and easy, and I used more convenience foods. Once they got older and started on extra-curricular activities, we ate on the run most nights, usually fast food burgers with healthy snacks from home, but still tried for family dinners when possible. With frozen vegetables and cream soups and bisquick and quick recipes, it was fairly easy - except I wasn't looking at health content and weight issues, so don't know how healthy our diet was. None of my kids had/have weight problems, and we were an extremely active family, so it wasn't an issue. I always insisted we have vegetables and they ate them, but I also served what they liked. I didn't do as my parents did, and serve food that would make them gag and force them to eat it. If a child didn't like a certain food (Scott and tuna casserole!), they could have a sandwich instead, but I didn't make two dinner entrees. My food issues started in my childhood and I was very aware of trying not to pass on those... I can't even say bad habits, because it wasn't "habits," it was bad parenting! I tell myself my parents were raised in a different time and only did what they knew from their childhoods, but it was definitely wrong. Being aware of the whys hasn't cured me of those food anxieties, but at least my kids made it through unscathed and with great compassion!
I make one dinner and one dinner only. Everyone sits down together or we eat on the run. But I have noticed I am getting less complaints with all these new recipes I'm trying and they are liking it. I have tried some fun kid friendly ones and were all eating healthy.
It is VERY hard to eat right and exercise when you have to work full time, get home cook dinner, check homework, clean...etc. It is sooo easy to order out and eat unhealthy things, I noticed that I was not only hurting myself, but I was also hurting my children. I decided to make only home cooked HEALTHY meals. My children are a part of my "get healthy" routine. I even got my son to join Sparkteens and he loves it - we are getting healthy and fit as a family. It's become a family goal, not just mine
Pounds lost: 18.0
Fitness Minutes: (1,077) Posts: 6 1/23/08 8:04 P
I deal with the children first and last is myself, like I am the last one to sit down to eat and then I clean and do my daily excercise after I clean up the kitchen. But sometimes I get so stressed by my kids I tend to over eat! I know it is not good so I think about the mistake and don't let it happen again!
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