Some of you may have read my topic about my kids snacking the other day. Basically wondering if my kids snack too often and if they are eating the correct balance of foods. The more I thought about everything the more I realized my concern was more with my childrens weight. Until the past 5 months our eating habits as a family were not wonderful. Dinner always had a veggie and the kids got fruit every day. But my husband and I both are very guilty ov letting our kids overeat...REALLY overeat. And I can't blame them for wanting to snack so often now. Their little tummies are used to eating more than they needed. I have failed my children nutritionally.
It wouldnt be so bad if my daughter ws not overweight. Not by a huge amount but enough it is notice. She is teased sometime. I never wanted that for her. I was always big, always teased. I never wanted my child to be faced with the heartache I went through.
Obviously we never set out for this to happen but we fed our kids the way we were raised. And if they said they were hungry we fed them, even if we knew they should be full because of just eating a good meal. We just never had it in us to make them stop. And the foods we gave them were a lot of junk. And treats that should be once maybe twice a week happend much more. No excuses there.
But now we have to make changes. We will have set times for snacking (trying to allow fruit or veggie any time they asked resulted in eating every half hour to hour- too much freedom?) And those snacks are all healthy, with a treat on occasion. Eating has been improving for all for several months and we are stepping up those efforts.
Activity will be increasing as well. No more lazy summer days. No more letting my antisocial tendencies and depression keep them from the park. Tv time is being cut way down.
I refuse to let my kids go through their childhood as un healthy and unhappy as I was.
**Thank you all for reading. I had to get this out and there are just a lot of people I cannot talk to about this in my life**
Posted on 2011-07-22 by sassylilmama