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05-04-2014 22:38 #61
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05-04-2014 22:41 #62Senior Member
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We encourage my daughter to eat a variety of different foods. She is only 11 months, so if I feed her unhealthy foods it is my choice, I am not being pressured by her, nor is she put in the situation where she can choose to eat unhealthily. So while I have complete control over her diet, we choose to eat healthy. I also don't understand the motive of offering a child who doesn't know any better unhealthy food constantly. I do however understand the woman who has a screaming child that refuses to eat, the woman who takes her kids to McDonalds because she just needs a break, sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do!
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06-04-2014 06:38 #63
Like everyone else has said, moderation.
I remember with dd when she was a toddler, she would never get junk food, but when it came to parties etc. she would go nuts on it and I'd have to stop her from making herself sick. So when ds came along I became much more relaxed in them having treats, and now dd isn't like a raving zombie when it comes to treats/junk food, and she will quite often go for the healthy option on her own accord. And ds has never been too fussed about junk food, he doesn't even really like chocolate! Because it's always been there as an option (occasionally) it's nothing that special, and they would prefer a home cooked meal most of the time
06-04-2014 07:38 #64
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06-04-2014 08:42 #65
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06-04-2014 10:07 #66
Because I can
We believe in everything in moderation. Plus we have a son with SPD whom getting him to eat at all is a challenge. So im the loony jumping up and down when he eats something new, whether it be healthy or not.
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06-04-2014 10:11 #67
Just thought I'd add that my kids had mac and cheese for dinner 3 times last week. I'd had an awful week with my PND and cooking a big healthy dinner wasnt something I could cope with at the end of a long day - so they had packet mac and cheese. There are much worse things I could do as a parent.
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06-04-2014 10:16 #68
06-04-2014 10:39 #69
There are a multitude of reasons. Health, nutrition and the emotion that goes along with it are extremely complex. Every child and every parent is different and there are a million factors that go into something that seems so straightforward. Personally, it is a losing battle for me. I was obsessed with junk food as a child and unfortunately my DD is the same. You can't isolate them from it as they get older, and who knows whether withholding it from them completely is the best approach, or as others have said allowing it in moderation will hopefully lessen the obsession. Or perhaps there is nothing that can be done and it is best to just embrace it and let the guilt and emotion go. I don't know.
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06-04-2014 11:05 #70
Dh and I pretty strict with what my kids eat so basically only homemade and with minimal sugar/salt. But I have the time, inclination, no personal health issues to prevent me from cooking everything.
But my kids do get a babycino once a week (I confiscate the marshmallows) and a sushi roll if out and about.
I get flamed from my in laws cos my kids don't get to eat chocolate, pre bought cakes and biscuits, soft drinks and juices. I just had to have an argument with mil about Easter eggs. They forget that dh set up half these food rules. Sigh.
I personally am not fussed what other parents do. But I know if my kids eat crapola they sleep less. And I like the fact my 3.5yo still naps 1.5-2hrs everyday and still has her 11 overnight. So if that means I'm the grinch that stole morning tea... Oh well I don't care.
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