This post may ruffle some feathers, but I’m going to write it anyway.
I read an article over on Babble the other day that just kind of struck a chord with me. It was called “Are you guilty of thinking any of these 5 unhealthy foods are actually good for your toddler?”
Basically, it was a Babble writer’s attempt to tear down the confidence of many moms out there who felt good about making healthy decisions for their children.
The foods that made their list were whole milk, applesauce, whole grain cereal, pretzels and yogurt.
I know whole milk has a lot of fat, but it’s certainly better than a glass of Kool-Aid. Are you really going to try and make me feel guilty because I gave my kid a bowl of applesauce instead of ice cream?
The worst argument was for the pretzels. They basically said, “There’s not really anything wrong with pretzels, but we think you can try harder.”
Give me a break, guys!
I love my kids more than anything. Their health is very important to me. Of course I want to feed them foods that are healthy! Still, in my house full of picky eaters, there are days when getting them to choke down a single chicken nugget is a major victory. I think if I only served food recommended in articles like that one, my kids would never eat at all. Also, I probably wouldn’t have this blog because I’d never get out of the kitchen.
Like a lot of moms out there, I do my best. We go sparingly on the juice. I make their sandwiches on whole wheat bread, never white. We usually do applesauce instead of pudding. I buy the low-fat yogurt. I make most of our snack foods myself, and I try to cook from scratch as often as I can.
Still, my kids do eat candy. I buy cereal with cartoon characters on the box, and every now and then we have lunch at (gasp!) McDonalds. That does not make me a bad mom. I’m getting sick of hearing that it does.
There has got to be some wiggle room. No one is perfect, and we’re not all Wonder Woman.
What do you think? Do you agree that some standards for feeding kids today are a little ridiculous? Or am I completely wrong on this one? Go ahead and tell me…I can take it!