As an individual who makes it my goal not to judge others I couldn’t help but eat my words the other day while waiting in line at my local grocer to be rung up. While my basket wasn’t filled to the brim with organic, “crunchy” worthy eats, I was mindful of the food items that I selected, especially those that would be given to my children.
The basket in question was full of sodas, cookies, prepackaged foods, and just all out junk. One glance at the mother and one glance at the child and I knew this overweight child was being set on the wrong path regarding health and wellness and it just didn’t sit well with me. While I wasn’t the best at not judging in this instance I did master the art of minding my own business so I set my thoughts on the idea that parents inevitably set the standard for children’s behaviors regarding food and health at a very young age.
As a child I was only allowed to eat Raisin Bran and I was only allowed 2 cookies at a time. I was mostly directed to eat fruit when I wanted something sweet. Now as an adult I find it hard to devour a full sleeve of cookies and I have no issue with getting in my fruits and veggies and neither do my children.
To be fair, back in the day a lot of the information regarding food and health wasn’t as readily available as it is today. We now hear it nonstop, we are bombarded with images showing the consequences of not taking care of our bodies, recipes and information are free. While I know there are socio economic issues in some areas preventing the purchase of healthy foods, it just seems for the most part to me people aren’t really concerned even though the information is out there for FREE.
My thought is as a parent if you are facing health issues why try not to avoid those things happening to your children by parenting better when it comes to health and wellness.
What are you teaching your children when it comes to taking care of their bodies? Are you setting good standard and building a good foundation for healthy living.