Her dad took her swimming earlier today. I went to get myself a snack. When I returned, he handed her over to me saying,
“She is shivering. She needs a towel. Quick!“
“Mama, mammmam“, she squealed, pointing at the wedges.
The child was freezing but she put her hand out for the chips before the towel.
Once she was dry and changed, we went to Max Brenner and got waffles. I offered her the strawberries and banana slices that came with it.
“No!“, she shook her head vigorously. She only wanted the waffles.
Are we preparing her to be an obese child?
She wakes up in the morning and says, “Mama, chicken“.
She barely eats breakfast and dinner. Unless it’s chips or chicken, her two favourite things. We think it’s okay to let her eat out on the odd occasion. Before we know it, she has developed habits which we then struggle to break.
Are we nurturing unhealthy eating habits in our child? Who’s worse off? Will she suffer for this? Are we going to struggle as we try to break her habits and introduce her to healthier options? All good questions. Also hard questions. This parenting gig is seriously a tough one.
Not so long ago, I would order pizza and guzzle beer/wine every Friday without skipping a beat. Today, I feel guilty having that kind of fun because I know she is watching me and learning. I feel like I have to set a good example. Whatever that is.