Darcel - posted on 07/30/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )
Let me explain what I saw in Subway then I will ask my questions:
I'm in subway waiting in line and I am pointing to the veggie option sign and reading the list to the baby. Then I hear the angry rebuke from a mom:
...double ranch, and it is a foot long! You really should not be eating like this. You really should be making better choices ... etc etc...
So of course since she is loud I turn to look; and the mom (not in the best shape herself) is fussing at her son who looks to be around 10 years old. Mom is really about to rip into the boy and tear his head off so the Subway sandwhich lady tactfully saids: "you know, when ever my son makes a poor eating choice I ask him if we would mind me telling his coach what he is eating. You are on my son's baseball team arent you? "
The boy saids "yea. I'm (his name)
Then mom again angry and loud saids " I'm going to tell your coach, thats right .... etc etc etc."
I shake my head and order my sandwhich and some apples for Deuce while thinking, if my mom where to fuss at me like that I would lose my appitite.
So my questions are:
1. Is it not my responsibility for what my child eats and if he orders a sandwhich at subway that is not healthy, am I not supposed to change his order and help him make a better choice? So if my 10 year old son orders a chicken bacon ranch footlong with double ranch sauce in front of me that is my fault, not his? right?
2. Do I have a right to be offended by the way the mother was talking to her son? I know our children are children and are subject to us but don't they deserve respect as well?
3. Was I wrong for not saying anything? Should I have said something or was I right in "minding my own business."
4. Am I not supposed to practice what I preach? Not being in the best of shape myself (unless you count round as a shape) it is obivious that I am not always making the best food choices. So if I am not always making the best food choices, do I have a right to be so pubically vocal in rebuking my child for making poor food choices?
Tell me your thoughts. Thank you