We have just had one if those chats, you known the daily ones we can have with our kids…
Child 1: “I’ve had enough, I want some cake”.
Me: “Hmm the dinner is untouched, you’re not having cake darling you need food”.
Child 2: ” I finished all mine and my cake, I would like something else”.
Me: “Of course, if you’re still hungry, what about an apple?”
Child 2: “no, more cake please”.
Me: “The cake was was quite large, if your still hungry eating fruit or a yogurt will give your body what it needs. More cake won’t”.
Child 2: ” No thank you” and tottles off to play.
Child 1 after watching this exchange:
” I want cake, don’t like this!”
Me: “I know you love that, you just want cake and that isn’t going to give you vitamins and energy for playing. We’re like cars, we don’t work properly if we don’t put fuel in. We get tired and can’t do things. Eat up before it goes too cold”.
Child 1: “I had enough” while food has one tiny bite in it.
Me:” OK but there is nothing else to eat if you leave that dinner”, leaves food in the hope they eat something.
Child 1 10mins later: “I’m hungry….”
Me: Has visions of smacking head on the wall, while sneaking another marshmallow in the kitchen.
I honestly believe the things I tell my kids, I make meals to make sure they get the nutrients they need while trying my best to keep their healthy view of food. It is fuel and just something to eat to them, which is lovely but as I say it I feels like a fraud.
I don’t eat right, my general diet is awful left to my own devices. I would quite happily eat take out most days lately. Thankfully finances do not allow for this! Also DH is in charge of shopping and cooking most days (until I get to a better phase). I want to give my kids the best start and avoid them being like me or picking up my bad habits. We eat after they go to bed and it’s a saving grace that keeps my evening habits out if sight.While I tell them all the right things it’s like having a voice in my head laughing because I cannot actually follow my own advice!