As a parent, it can be really hard to get your kids to understand the benefits of eating good food. When I was six, I’m sure I wanted the doughnut over the apple. The number of times uneaten vegetables sat on my kid’s plates after everything else is gone is countless. The attempt at negotiation to swindle a treat into their day is funny but can be exhausting time after time. The sighs, grunts, groans, etc. that can sometimes come with our after school snacks (“But I had vegetables at lunch today already!”) can be tiresome.
Sometimes I think they are never going to eat the healthy foods and be truly happy and grateful for the healthy foods they are able to eat.
Trying to inspire other parents who are having the same challenges is hard too. When it’s a constant battle at the kitchen table over what is for dinner, it can be disheartening. I can attest to how hard it can be to put together a healthy, hearty meal for a family of five then only to hear complaints of “I don’t want to eat this”. It’s frustrating!
But here’s the thing. I know. I know, in my heart, that one day they will clean their plates consistently every meal. They will appreciate the work and love that goes into their food. They will understand why I choose to make healthy foods instead of resorting to easy, pre-packaged, processed foods that have no benefit other than maybe saving me effort in the kitchen.
So, when I logged onto Facebook the other day and saw this update from a practice member of ours, I was so excited for her. Because I know the struggles parent go through when trying to change the eating habits of a family. It’s not easy. So kudos, Kristine, for this awesome update. And kudos to the kiddos for being on board!!
I guess all our talk about “healthy food” is starting to sink in with the kids. Often they want me to quantify how healthy our meal is with a percentage. Like “This is 80% healthy because it has 3 colours of vegetables, but it loses 20% because I used a bottled sauce instead of homemade (too much sodium or sugar). Tonight after a long day and insufficient planning, I ordered chinese food for dinner. Son #1 asked “Is this healthy?” and the truth was NO. Not at all. His reply, “Then why are we eating it?” I nearly fell off my chair because he’s SO right! If it’s not helping to make healthy bodies, then why am I feeding it to the ones I love the most? Sometimes it takes these simple statements to remind me what my priorities are; a healthy and happy family.