Bad Parenting...

Friday, August 12, 2011

This happened a few days ago, but it's still circling around in my head, so I guess I'll write about it.
On Tuesday my sister was looking after a young boy for his mom. I think the kid was somewhere between 10 and 13 (I am awful and being able to tell how old kids are). He was a nice enough kid, well behaved, we talked about Glee, played with my neices and watched some videos on youtube. I liked him.
Until it was time for dinner. We were making chicken breasts on the barbeque, asparagus, and seasoned potatoes (yum!). My sister asked if he was hungry, and he said 'No, I don't eat any of that stuff.' Bewildered, my sisters asked what stuff he meant. 'Healthy stuff. I only eat junk.' He proclaimed this proudly, grinning.
At first I was irritated with the kid. It wasn't like we were trying to feed him salad and liver or other super health food. Chicken and potatoes is pretty standard and I thought he was being a stuck up brat for not eating.
The more I think about it, though, the more I want to track down his mother and give her a good slap. What kind of crap must she be feeding this poor kid to make him think that grilled chicken and potatoes is 'too healthy'? He is already a little chunky, and if he continues down this path he's got a good chance of ending up obese. It makes me really sad that parents don't have the forethought to teach their kids good eating habits.
I grew up with two girls who's parents never let them go to McDonalds when they were younger. When I was a kid I used to think their parents were mean and they were deprived, but now that I'm older I have a lot of respect for parents who would take that road, as I'm sure it's not easy. I wish more parents cared enough to 'deprive' their kids of fast food, chocolate bars, and other junk.
Sorry for the rant, and thank for reading!
Ps. This isn't meant to offend any parents, I know that since I have no children I probably shouldn't be judging, I guess I just don't understand how or why parents would let their kids get like that...
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    Yes, I agree that you have to allow your kids to learn how to choose. Give them the tools to deal with a world that has endless choices in nutrition. Providing opportunities to eat well helps foster better nutrition as they grow up. That "forbidden fruit" loses some of its allure.
    That said, I am sure many parents find it challenging to coax kids into healthy habits. Leading by example is a good first step, for all of us.
    3565 days ago
    I agree. As a mother of three children, I take the middle road. I don't deprive them, but I encourage them to make smart choices. At 8, 9 and 10, they know to look at a package and determine a serving size and look at the sugar and fat content. Sometimes they put the package down and say they'll look for something else to snack on. They do have McDonald's and chocolate. :) But all in moderation.

    My mom would not allow sugary cereals in our house growing up. We had corn flakes or rice krispies, and that was it. When I left for college and was able to shop on my own, I bought all of the disgusting, over-sugared cereals because I never got to have them growing up. So I ate, and ate, and ate those cereals once I had the chance to. I wish my mom had just let me have them once in awhile so that I didn't binge on them later. :(
    3566 days ago
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