Liz - posted on 05/16/2011 ( 14 moms have responded )
How do you encourage healthy eating habits in your child?
Right now my son is only 8 months old and I make all of his food at home, but there will come a time when it starts to become more and more out of my control.
Already, a friend of ours, trying to be nice to him, has given us "baby cookies" -- cookies labelled and marketed for babies. The second ingredients after flour? Sugar and chocolate. (We didn't let him eat any.)
There was another post on here about someone's sneaking Mountain Dew into their child's sippy cup and then laughing about it!
(1) Why do so many people try to give sweets to kids behind their parents' backs? Day after day, over and over, I see this problem on every parenting forum I read. It's like a perverse thrill for some people.
(2) What do you say to people who do this? Or more kindly, give it to you first? Do you lie and say, "Thanks, he'll have this later"?
I don't want to hurt my friends' feelings or seem like a prig. If I say, "Thanks, but he doesn't get chocolate" -- it's, like, a judgement on them because they often give that kind of food to their own kids.
(3) A lot of parents say "give sweets in moderation/as treats." That sounds good, but doesn't that create the idea that junk food is the BEST FOOD -- that you only get on special occasions and when you've been good?
I don't want my son to live in a bubble, I don't want to be a helicopter parent, and I know a little junk food won't cause him any harm -- but it really worries me.