OP... It looks like you said the wrong thing and a whole bunch of people got all defensive & jumped on you.
I get what you are saying. I am pretty strict with what my daughter eats at 21 months. People were shocked & actually teased us that we weren't feeding her ice cream, chocolate and McDonald's at 6 months old because it's what they were doing. It's not necessary. Babies do not need these foods regardless of how much they want it or how tired you may be.. It doesn't mean my child won't ever eat those things but she doesn't need it now. My toddler is a pain in shops I have now resorted to the occasional lollipop or cheese & bacon roll to keep her still for 5 minutes. It's actually made me make better food choices for myself because she wants what we have.
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05-04-2014 20:03 #41Senior Member
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05-04-2014 20:05 #42
FTR, I wasn't referring to the OP I was referring to the lady that abused the PP about what she was feeding her DD and for giving her formula!
05-04-2014 20:14 #43
Tbh I don't see why it matters. Make your choices and stand by them. If you don't understand other peoples reasons they probably don't understand yours. I think most parents are just doing their best to raise happy healthy kids & my way of doing that might differ to yours, but that's okay too!
Less "I don't understand why you would do that" and more "you're doing the best you can, well done!" Would make this parenting gig a whole lot better!
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05-04-2014 20:17 #44
My parents were strict on junk food. When I got a job at 15 I would buy a donut/mars bar and a can of coke for myself every day, I would clear through chips and chocolate at an amazing rate. It was my teen rebellion via food!
I'm determined to expose my children to all food, I talk about nutrients in the food (or lack of) but even hate to use terms like 'healthy' and never refer to food as good/fun/bad/evil etc. I make sure that they consider a mango as much of a treat as a can of lemonade. I don't deny them.junk but it's not a reward or treat.
When my first was a baby I was able to be more organised and was much stricter with what she ate. Her first taste of cake was her first birthday. Now with my 2nd I just have less time to be so organised. Plus he's always been a lot more curious about what we're eating. He's 10th months and he's tried chips, donuts, cream biscuits, meat pie.... You get the idea. He loves raw tomato, fish and nectarines. Giving him a little bit of 'junk' now and then hasn't stopped him loving those foods. It has kept him from a total meltdown, let mummy finish her coffee or meant that his big sister can try on shoes to get the right size.
The other thing is are you just seeing what they are eating when out or also when they are in their own home at meal times. I can guarantee for both my children that what they eat when out is in no way representative of their entire diet.
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05-04-2014 20:38 #49
I have never seen or met a mother who continues to give their children junk for breakfast,lunch and dinner. When I ma out and about I see parents give their children junk but have learnt thats the most likely place I give my 2 year old the odd donut or cheese and bacon roll in the trolley. Every now and again he gets nuggets and chips but I would say on average once a month. My son does drink juice but I limit it to one if those small poppers a day.
My 8 month old has never really had junk - like OP she has had a chew on a chip off my plate once and and forced a little suck of my iceblock the other day
05-04-2014 20:49 #50
I get where you're coming from OP, but given that it's really not a major issue I agree with others that you don't really need to understand their reasoning. To many people there's probably not much reasoning to it, because they don't see it as a big deal.
The occasional homemade biscuit, or WAY too much fruit at Grandma's is about as junky as it gets for my daughter (18 months) so far, but I know that'll change.
I'll admit to being somewhat perplexed with others in my mums' group gave their bubs a plateful of chocolate crackles at 7 months, or regular icecream cones at a year old. None of these kids have any older siblings, so I've had my fair share of thinking "huh?", but I think for most people it's just a matter of everything in moderation.
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