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Am I being a good influence?

Friday, January 14, 2011

Since school restarted last week, my 5 year old son has been getting salads for lunch every day. Even at that age, they are given a choice as to what they want for lunch. Anyway, I like salads and I like that he likes salads. However, a salad every day for a five year old seems a bit strange to me, especially give some of the other possible choices (like pizza on Fridays). I decided to discuss it with him. L's weight and height are proportionate, but he is both short and thin for his age. He said that he really liked salads, and that salads are the healthy choice. I can't argue with him, but I wonder if my obsession (or sometimes lack thereof) with weight loss is rubbing off on him. I don't want an anorexic 5 year old. Of course, it may not be that at all. I have told him to stay away from the school tacos as he seems to get sick to his stomach every time he eats those so two days he didn't have much choice. He has been eating more at dinner time so I'm not too worried about his salad obsession.

Meanwhile I am having trouble making healthy choices today. I'll do better though and am still with in calorie parameters.
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    That was my thought...teaching by example so good job Mom!
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    You're teaching your child by example, which is wonderful. It's not that he's not eating enough. Does he eat a snack when he gets home?
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    All 4 of my younger boys are learning to make healthy choices. They all like salad and fresh fruit. I do sometimes worry about my 4 yo getting enough calories. It is so hard to set a healthy example when we are battling our own food demons!

    I'm hoping you have a good weekend!~
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    I use to get salads at McDonalds and then my girls wanted salads too - same for my son he love the fruit parfaits - i am sure your so n will be fine!!
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    Try to put as many yummy and nutritious items in his salads as you can as long as he'll enjoy them. The more variety of items the better.

    I also worry about being too obsessive about food around my son, but I try to make it about eating a proper amount of healthy things and how awesome that is for you and make sure he understands that eating too little is as bad (or nearly) as eating too much. As long as your son is eating a healthy amount then it is great that he enjoys such a healthy lunch. It sounds like you and he are doing wonderfully to me.
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    You have a tremendous impact on your son's perception regarding food and health..all parents do...you'll both be fine, so long as you both know that health (physically, mentally, emotionally..)is more important than the number on the scale.
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