“I ALLOW JUNK FOOD IN MY HOUSE AND MY KIDS EAT WHATEVER THEY WANT!”
I was talking to one of my old friend few days back and she told me this. I was surprised to hear this. As far as I remember her from our childhood days, she was always very conscious of what she ate and I never saw her bringing any junk to school. Now the question was, “why and how?”
According to her, she grew up in a family where food was very controlled. They were not allowed to eat any junk food. They had to finish all the food on the plate even if they were not hungry. They were never allowed food between meals. So, when she went to college, she had full access to junk food and she could not control herself.
She allows her children to eat everything and they have full access to eating anything in the house. They can choose their own snacks between meals. But, they have regular meal times too. She never forces them to eat anything but makes sure they don’t waste any food.
Now the question is – Should we allow our kids full freedom with food or not? Should we guide them or not?
These days, there are changing food habits in kids. There are a lot of food items available in the market loaded with preservatives. Is it a good idea to allow our kids anything and everything?
Due to unhealthy habits, now a days, kids are prone to lot of lifestyle diseases at a very young age. They are at risk for juvenile diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and bone problems.
I feel, we need to create a balance. Balance of what to give, how much to give and when to give.
“When you can’t change direction of winds, change your sails.”