Why parents give their kids so much junk food? Before I had DD I was like 'oh lollies yeah kids eat those' and 'oh mcdonalds yummmmm I want a happy meal too!'
But now I've gone all 'boring' and I just don't understand why people give their kids and babies bad food. Especially babies. I don't mean to bag mothers choices out but I genuinely don't understand.
Recently I've seen a mother give her 9 month old ice cream and chocolate and others give other less commonly phrased junk foods. Am I just overly cautious in trying to give DD the healthiest stuff? I mean I have given her some not so great things before (ie at a cafe for lunch and she steals a chip off my plate sort of thing). I know the babies and mothers who I saw feed the junk foods and it's not like the baby stealing one bit and smushing it everywhere, they were completely eating it.
I also don't understand fruit juice?
I dunno, am I just an over protective, judgmental hippie wippie?
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05-04-2014 15:38 #1
I don't understand
05-04-2014 15:48 #2
My son gets all . Healthy , unhealthy , good and bad . He is happy eating it all . In moderation I say !
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05-04-2014 15:49 #3
I don't do juice tho . Milk and water only . Although he gets a drop of juice in a large bottle of water so he thinks he is sometimes when he wants to be like his 15yr old brother .
05-04-2014 15:50 #4
How old is your DD?
Before kids I used to judge mums giving their kids cr@p. now I understand when you're out and about you do whatever you have to do to get through. That kids having juice might have been out for a while and be over it so the mum has bought him a treat so she can get her shopping finished. That mum in the cafe giving her toddler a milkshake might just want to talk to her friends for half an hour of grown up time, and the milk shake allows that.
Stop judging other mums, you don't know their story.
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I always try to be careful in what I feed my dd but yes she does have the occasional chocolate or lolly. Her regular diet consists of healthy meals and plenty of fruit & veg. She also only ever has water or milk. Never have given her juice.
She will occasionally have a babycino if we are at a cafe and I make her healthy fruit smoothies at home.
Having said all that when she does have the very rare treat I would hate to think that other people would be judging me thinking I give that to her all the time.
I have seen plenty of kids being fed not so great things and unless I know the family and know what their diet is like I try not to think much about it, for all I know that could be the first chocolate that child has ever had or it's a very rare treat.
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05-04-2014 15:58 #8Senior Member
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Ooh onion, I hope you're wearing your rain hat, because I looked at the weather forecast and there's a sh!t storm a comin'
In answer to "why" though, I don't think there's a simple answer. I often wonder why parents introduce really salty or sweet foods or juices to little babies because it seems unnecessary but I guess all parents do things differently and they've had different upbringings etc...
My older kids definitely have their share of junk at b'day parties and stuff but I do try to limit it because although it's hard to say and to hear we do have an epidemic in Australia when it comes to obese children and I think the only people that suffer are the kids.
It's a really hard thing to have a discussion about though - always gets nasty really quickly which is a shame.
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05-04-2014 16:03 #9
Do you really care what other mums do or are you patting yourself on the back for a job well done?
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05-04-2014 16:05 #10
Yeah, I would proceed with caution in making assumptions.
My daughter is often seen eating chips and nuggets in food courts, because she won't eat anything else. She is fussy and stubborn in the extreme. (I piped mashed vegetables into penne pasta the other night to get veges into her. She is 4).
A friend of mine is a special ed teacher and one of her students with autism would only eat chicken skin. You can't see autism so you might just have thought she was feeding her kids something that is absolute rubbish. But, she was feeding him. Full stop.
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