I’m One Of “Those” Moms
Yesterday both of my girls had Halloween parties in their classrooms and you’re encouraged to bring a “treat”. It always makes me laugh actually; why they even “need” a party when it’s Halloween that night but I get it and yes, I used to be a kid too. However, would n’t it be lovely if someone else, other than me, brought some healthy choices so it wasn’t just a full-on sugar fest. Alas…I continue to be “one of those moms”.
My 10 year old daughter had a small fit a couple of years ago because she complained that all I brought was (in her words) “healthy healthy healthy”. What a drag, I suppose?? But I feel like I am left no other choice. I can’t tell you how many times I have brought either a fruit or veggie tray (my staples) and had I not, there would have been none. That continues to surprise me as there are over 20 kids in both of my kids classes and I would hope that it not only I who wants my children to have a healthy option in the sea of junk food.
Other moms at the school laugh and say “well of course the personal trainer brings something healthy” (ha-ha-ha). So what, you can only be healthy if that’s your career choice? Remember we need to “walk the talk” and stop preaching to our kids and start doing. Setting examples might take a little more effort (i.e. cutting up some fruit instead of buying a tray of cookies) but you KNOW your kids are better off in the long run.
So after a weekend of Halloween parties, late nights and waaaaay too many treats, my youngest now has a runny nose and feels like crap. Great. It’s these small reminders that will keep me being “that parent” and it’s a good reminder for my kids too. We forget that our kids are people just like us and when they get run down and don’t eat well, that’s a big fat invitation for getting sick. Bet you didn’t know that it only takes 1 tsp of sugar to lower your white blood cells, did you?
Congrats, you’ve just learned something else today.