“How is this kind of eating really going over with your family, especially your kids?”
“Are they eating better because you’re eating better?”
“What do they think about your weight loss stuff?”
My three girls and I were sitting in the kitchen and I was was getting ready to make lunch. I offered up a few different options for them and while busily pulling things out of the cupboards, waited for their responses. I heard, “Peanut butter and jelly, ham and cheese!”… but never got a response from my third kiddo. So I turned around and asked. “Honey, what do you want to eat?” She looked up at me, and sheepishly said… “Well, I want a peanut butter and jelly, but I think it will make me fat.”
I stopped in my tracks and was completely shocked at what my 5yr old had just said to me. I then asked her, “Who told you that?” She started to get upset, but then finally said, “I heard you say to Daddy, that all the yummy foods make you fat, and I think PB&J is yummy, but I don’t want to get fat, because it’s not good… right Mom?”
Yeah… I died. I literally had no words.
She had obviously overheard a conversation between Cason and I, where I was probably frustrated about my weight/eating and then took it to heart. I tried my best to explain as honestly as I could that, “Yes, sometimes yummy foods like candy, cake, cookies, chips, etc… are not always good for us, because they CAN make us gain weight we don’t need on our bodies, and that IS bad for our health. BUT, having them as a ‘sometimes’ food is okay, and we just need to be careful with how much we eat, and to eat fruits and veggies along with them… like you will have with your PB&J sandwich.”
I’m pretty sure that 90% of my explanation went over her little 5yr old head, but I did my best to ease her mind. Lunch went on as normal for my girls; giggling, laughing and eating… but I couldn’t shake what had just happened, and how much of a hypocrite I sounded (and looked) like. I had just been taught one of the MOST valuable lessons as a new Mom:
“Your kids are ALWAYS watching and listening”
Here were their answers:
During this weight loss journey I’ve also found out how incredibly important water is to our bodies. How food can’t digest correctly and fat can’t breakdown properly without it. Recently I also read that sugary drinks are the largest source of added sugar in U.S. children’s diets, contributing to the rise in childhood obesity levels, and only 15 percent of school-age kiddos drink the recommended amount of water, but on average consume six sodas per week .
Thanks to Brita we’ve been trying out these new bottles for a few weeks now, and my girls love them. It may just be the fact that having something new to drink out of is fun, but hey… they’re drinking lots of water, so more power to ’em!
I have to admit, we’re somewhere in the middle, so I’m always up for new suggestions.