Junk Food for Little Ones?
Sunday, October 19, 2014
I was reading a community board discussion and was going to reply to it but thought better as to not offend anyone, so then I decided to blog about it because no one in the discussion is in my group so they most likely won't see it. The title of the discussion was how to avoid temptation without depriving kids and it caught my eye because this is something I have struggled with myself. It alarmed me that some folks were of the opinion that we should not let our children eat junk food period. No candy, no cookies, no cakes. They said that we should teach our kids that food is fuel and that only good things should go into our bodies no matter how healthy and active they are. I have to admit it bothered me a lot. A Christmas without chocolate in the stocking? A birthday without cake and ice cream? I just find it a little cruel. I have always believed in teaching them moderation, I believe in a brownie after a well balance nutritional meal. Is that wrong? My younger two children have been blessed with their fathers genes and could eat cookies and cakes all day everyday and not gain an once. This is not something I allow though because I do understand food is fuel and they should eat things that are good for their bodies. My oldest daughter is more like me. She is not even slightly over weight but if allowed to eat whatever she wanted I know that she would be. It makes me sad that she has inherited that gene from me and my biggest fear is that she will struggle the way that I have. Does that mean that I deny her sweets and other junk food? Absolutely not. I really believe that the most important thing to teach her is moderation. If I give my kids a scoop of ice cream after dinner my oldest is guaranteed to ask for more. I simply tell her that she has had enough and leave it at that. But if we are having dinner and she is still hungry after I encourage her to have another helping of salad or veggies to help her feel full. These are the lessons I wasn't taught as a child. I was given free reign to eat whatever and as much as I wanted. I am trying to show her and my other two children as well even though they rarely eat too much anyway that certain things have to be enjoyed in moderation. I hope that I am doing the right thing and I pray that they will grow up and be healthy eaters. I just can't help but thinking that denying them will have the opposite effect when they are older, causing them to binge on things they weren't allowed to have as children, and some of the parents in the discussion agreed with me. Thoughts please?