We took our Irish babysitter to a restaurant when she first arrived, which had a kids and adult menu. She looked at both menus and said, “I’m confused. Why do the children receive a different menu than the adults? In Ireland, we have adult portions and children portions, but it’s the same food.”
This struck me what a disservice we’re doing to our children. By giving them these fried chicken fingers, grilled cheese on white bread, pasta with butter sauce, you get the picture, we are setting them up for a lifetime of poor eating habits.
When I was growing up, chicken fingers didn’t even exist. Now they’re a staple in the American child cuisine. Why have we, as parents, enabled our children to develop poor eating habits?
Time to take back control of our children’s diets and the very best way to do this, as parents, is to ACT as role models for our children.
If they watch us down a pack of cookies, they’re going to believe it’s acceptable to down a pack of cookies.
If they watch us eat a Fred Flintstone sized steak for dinner, they’re going to believe it’s acceptable to do the same.
You get the point!
For many of us, this is very difficult because we’ve come so off track in our own eating habits. If that’s you, for your children’s sake, time to get responsible!