Okay, we’ve already established that I’m THAT mom. You know the one. And, honestly, I am so okay with that.
While our kids are still small, it’s my responsibility to teach them healthy life habits. I do realize that in a few years they’ll be at a friend’s house and on their own to make healthy choices (or not), but for now, they’re mine. My job is to put good practices in place and give them the tools to make good choices.
Here’s the problem–I have double standards and I need to change my ways. These are the six of our guidelines we have for the kids and my main areas of my hypocrisy:
1. Limit refined sugar.
This one is pretty obvious (wired kids being only part of the problem). Here are a few other reasons.
Two or three nights a week we allow Katie to have a treat after dinner, which is typically three M&M’s.
Craig and I ate two bags of jelly beans just over the week of Easter.
2. Don’t drink fruit juice.
We offer Katie an apple instead of apple juice, an orange instead of orange juice. Fruit offers fiber and far fewer sugary calories. Plus, we encourage her to drink plenty of water and she can only drink so much fluid in a day. Here’s a great article on the subject.
Yeah, I drink juice. How else would I ever have fruity drinks on the patio? Can’t make a Malibu Bay Breeze without pineapple and cranberry juice.
3. Watch Minimal Television
Katie is allowed one hour of television each day.
Yeah, well, I love the TV and certainly watch more than an hour a day. Heaven help you if you get in the way of Parenthood, Modern Family, House, or The Tudors. Seriously, don’t even try it.
4. Eat the rainbow.
With each meal, we offer her several colorful foods, with the ultimate goal of providing as close to a complete rainbow as possible by day’s end. We talk about the reasons why we eat each color and how important eating right is to growing “big and strong.”
And me? Yeah, well, about that, see M&Ms above…red, orange, yellow, green, blue…
5. Avoid high fructose corn syrup.
This is a huge rule in our house and, for the most part, has been relatively easy to adhere to.
But, I love this little thing called a Fluffernutter. For those of you poor things who haven’t heard of this delight, imagine a sandwich filled with peanut butter and Marshmallow Fluff. Yeah, the ingredients in Fluff are: corn syrup, sugar syrup, dried egg whites and vanillin. There is just no excuse for eating this.
6. Eat no hydrogenated oils.
We all know that we shouldn’t eat these, and for the most part, I do okay.
The problem? One word: Oreos.
So, why am I telling you all of my secrets? Because I’m going to try to change my ways and adhere to the principles that we set for the kids. Katie is getting old enough that I’ve had to dodge some awkward questions and eat my jelly beans in stealth mode. She’s too smart for me to get away with this for much longer.
And how about you? Are there any rules that you inflict upon lovingly set for your kids that you don’t always follow yourself? How do you explain your double standards?