Sharing is Caring

So, when my son was eating infant food 4 years ago, I made a point of starting him on vegetables. I really wanted him to develop a love of veggies and to grow to prefer them over other foods. The reason being is I had first hand seen the effects of some parents starting with sugary fruits and their children to this day prefer sugary foods to healthier foods. So, veggies it was.
I got a lot of scrutiny for it, but guess what? I have a soon to be 5 year old who will go gaga over the green beans in the produce department. He also will prefer fruits and berries over cakes and ice cream most days (don’t get me wrong, the kid does enjoy himself some cookies and cake). But that is just how he is. What’s the point you ask? Well, recently I have been the source of some nasty words by other moms over my kid’s eating habits.
While in the produce department, my kid did his usual ‘ooohhh mom look at those green beans! Can we get some?’ And immediately some mom shot me a dirty look and said ‘that’s just not normal kid behavior! Wouldn’t he rather have some candy?’ so I explained ‘no, he really does prefer this. I’ll probably get him some fruit snacks as well, but he does enjoy peas and beans’ I was expecting, or I guess hoping for, a response similar to ‘oh that’s cool’ or a ‘well good for you!’…what did I get instead? ‘you must be neglecting him when it comes to good food. All of my kids know what cookies are and beg for them when we go to the store. THAT’S how a kid is supposed to act’
umm…what? I’m neglecting my kid by not giving him sugar filled fatty foods that can lead to diabetes and obesity? woah-kay
So, a few weeks later we went to a small family type gathering. While there, I asked him what he wanted to drink and he asked for a bottle of water. Immediately another person jumped on that with a response of ‘WHAT? No we have some pop here! It’s a fun day. Take a day off water and have some pop! All kids like pop!’ Well, not mine. He has never really had any and now, if he tries it, he will spit it back out because he just does not like the taste or how the bubbles feel on his tongue. Of course that explanation just wouldn’t do. So they took a drink cup and filled to the brim with orange soda. Surprise surprise my kid spat it out and began drinking his bottle of water and eating his plate of berries and pasta salad. Well, that just couldn’t be right. It actually came down to a rather heated discussion between this person and I about how I did NOT appreciate the repeated attempts to force a soda down my baby’s throat. So water it was. And yet again I got the ‘You’re neglecting him blah blah blah’ bit. So, here is my question…How on EARTH am I neglecting my kid by encouraging him to eat healthy? How am I neglecting him by not filling him with sugary sodas, cookies, cakes and candy on a daily basis?
I mean sure, he does eat chocolates and candy. Sure he likes to drink juices. He does enjoy those things. But it’s not all he eats. So what do YOU think?

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Megan Anthony is a full-time work at home mommy. We practice Positive Parenting Solutions, and love to discuss the information that we've learned.
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