I dont understand what the context was then? you saw her giving her child powerade out of a vending machine and nearl dropped your DD because it was so.....cruel? pretty harsh word imo because less than 3 yrs ago that was me and i was at home bawling because i wanted to take her on a fun trip with a friend and she nearly fainted because i had no idea what dehydration was or how long it would affect her.
I just think the word "cruel" should be reserved for people that are actually HURTING their child and having a bit more evidence than an incidence at the shop to go by.
I try to be so careful with what I post and how I word everything as I hate the thought of offending or upsetting anyone.
I love this site but I am out.
I am not perfect. My kids do eat junk occassionally now at 18mo and 4.5yo. But I wouldn't give a 5mo icecream just because I thought it would be a fun thing to do.
You dont have to justify every single comment maybe the ones that could be read as harsh because others maybe have been in that situation might feel bad all over again wouldnt hurt though
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if people saw us out and about id be judged for sure, my kids typically only eat white stuff ( yet another quirk related to their special needs) the little one begs for chicken and dairy, and the bigger one only eats apple, potato fries (i make them oven baked at home) and 100% chicken breast nuggets and bread (chicken on bread = his favorite thing) but when we are out and they are hungry if i havent brought anything from home, they get chicken nuggets and chips that arent healthy (maccas or popcorn chicken from kfc) it doesnt bother me in the slightest that, thats what they eat when we go out (once a week) because they both frequently take eating strikes and getting them to eat at all is a triumph.
looking at my boys, 7 & 2. u wouldnt think anything was wrong, you would just think i was a mother feeding my boys crap for the sake of it, when there were better options there.
Last edited by Zombie_eyes; 04-01-2012 at 18:46.
My son was quite young when he had his first taste of ice cream. Don't remember how young but it was between 6-12 months. We'd give him a few licks to taste. He was exploring a new word of food and we decided that whatever we were eating, good or bad, he'd be allowed to try (obviously if it wasn't too healthy he'd just have a small taste, then we'd break out the pumpkin puree or whatever else we had taht was healthier).
He started solids at 3.5 months. By then his bottle never seemed to satisfy him, he'd more than doubled his weight and was constantly trying to get at whatever we were eating, so we took his body language as a sign that he was ready to start solids. We obviously started gently, as we knew it was early, but to this day (at nearly 16 months) he has always tried whatever we've given him, and has no food allergies (egg, dairy, recipes with nuts, the only thing we held back on was seafood til he was nearly 1, after a history of seafood allergy in the family).
Anyway, I'm rambling. When we go out I'll let my son have some of what I'm having (yep, that's chips, fried chicken... I won't deny I eat like cr*p when I go out). He always has his own healthier snacks ready to go, and is a vegetable maniac when we get home. We're happy with his weight/development. He's happy and healthy.
I agree with what PPs have said that it's really difficult to get a snapshot of a kid's diet just from a couple of minutes in a food court. I used to be terribly judgemental before I had DS, certainly changed my tune now :-P It's hard not to judge sometimes, but you never really have the full picture (my SIL is 9, with weight issues, she eats better than I do. )
I gave my son chicken nuggets for lunch today at MOS burger while I E's out having lunch with my parents. I didn't intend to be out so long and hadn't brought food win me. It wasn't the first time either
He hasn't had soft drink but my 2.5yo has had lemonade.
People can judge me all they want but they don't know what I feed my children every meal of every day. Whatever happened to special occasions or treats?
That didn't stop me being over weight my whole life though!
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