Once I drop my daughter off at school, I turn on the local radio station and head to work myself. Twice recently I have tuned in to hear a McDonalds commercial.A mother is on the phone with her son and he is telling her about what he is having for breakfast, griddle cakes, sausage muffin, etc… She says, ”I know you don’t have time for that!” And he answers in one simple word,
The mom excitedly responds,
“I raised you right.”
Raising a child is hard work. Raising a child to pick healthy foods in a culture where unhealthy choices abound is a daily challenge. Making lunches, cooking meals, packing a cooler for trips, planning meals, and driving to the store to have healthy foods on hand can be time consuming and expensive. Limiting sweets can lead to arguments with your child. Trips to the grocery store can turn into a chorus of, No, as you explain that many foods that look appealing are very unhealthy. A picture of their favorite character on a can or box of food doesn’t mean it is a healthy choice.
Sometimes it feels exhausting, but these are some of the most important lessons we give our children. These are conversations worth having with your children. These are extra steps worth taking when you are tired.
My children deserve to know the importance of eating real, whole foods and to learn how to make healthy choices. Giving them a foundation of healthy habits will help them when they are adults, and hopefully make it easier to continue to eat healthy. Hopefully, they will avoid chronic diseases that are related to poor nutritional choices
As a Mom I struggle daily to raise my kid “right” so to hear this phrase used in relation to the fast food industry makes me frustrated and angry. When my daughter grows up and calls me, I hope she will be telling me about her healthy, homemade breakfast of fruit and oatmeal.