Now don't get me wrong we all have our parenting methods, but why do so many feel lately that they must control every bite of food that goes into their childs mouth? I see in the press all the hype about stripping kids of all forms of sugar and anything that might be the least bit unhealthy. I hear from parents about how they "ban" all sugar, corn syrup, etc. Why must it go to extremes?
I can't help but feel that in some ways the over protectiveness is actually hurting them. How can you expect you child to understand moderation and balance when all they do when out of your site is binge eat on all the stuff that is "taboo" at home? I knew kids whose parents were like this. Now they are fighting wars with eating disorders and have self esteem issues.
Why not just teach you child about keeping things in moderation and to exercise? Make it a family event and fun without putting any undue pressure to be skinny. All your kids are hearing in the news you watch about the childhood obesity stuff. They know why you are doing it and thus they learn at way too young an age that they HAVE to be "skinny" if they want to make mom and dad happy.
I know not all parents are extreme like this but the ones that are just drive me nuts cause it is the children that have to suffer thru no fault of their own.
Asked by Anonymous at 9:54 AM on Apr. 18, 2011 in Parenting Debate
Answer by MexTexmom2 at 9:56 AM on Apr. 18, 2011
Answer by meooma at 9:58 AM on Apr. 18, 2011
Just like those take things to the extreme, people also take the "moderation" to the extreme. I don't think banning those things from your children does them actual harm, it's just simply another way to parent. In my house (and that's the only one I can speak for) I thought we were doing pretty good on the "moderation" but I've found that not overthinking it is the way to go for us. The kids eat whatever they want, period. They eat their fruits and vegetables so on those mornings they wake up wanting ice cream, then we eat some freaking ice cream for breakfast. And all of my kids were chunky as babies, and are naturally muscular now thanks to good genes. (Not from me of course, from their dad, lol). They don't "have" to look any certain way.
Answer by MrsHouston47302 at 9:59 AM on Apr. 18, 2011
Answer by dullscissors at 10:01 AM on Apr. 18, 2011
Continued...... When someone says "I don't allow any of that in my house" I think "oh okay", lol. Maybe someone who believes in moderation thinks I feed my kids too much junk. Someone else who doesn't feed their children any "junk" probaly thinks I feed my kids like crap. And the people who feed their kids nothing but "junk" probaly think I'm way too strict and that I'm "not fun". It's all a matter of opinion. Sorry, I'm on my 2nd cup of coffee and raring to go, lol.
Answer by MrsHouston47302 at 10:02 AM on Apr. 18, 2011
Answer by ObbyDobbie at 10:04 AM on Apr. 18, 2011
Answer by Zakysmommy at 10:04 AM on Apr. 18, 2011
Answer by layh41407 at 10:07 AM on Apr. 18, 2011
The forbidden fruit is what many kids and adolescents seem to gravitate towards. Everything in moderation is a healthier approach-
Answer by Sisteract at 10:25 AM on Apr. 18, 2011
Answer by ObbyDobbie at 10:37 AM on Apr. 18, 2011