Feb 17, 2009

Who Is Responsible for How Your Children Eat?

There are no more babies, toddlers, "tweens" or teens left in this house, my children are adults now, my son still lives with us so for the most part eats what I make, and my daughter is married, so I can't make her food choices for her anymore.

As I look back over the years of feeding them and raising them, in the area of healthy eating, the following thoughts come to mind:

  • I alone was responsible for how my children ate. When I packed their lunches, I chose the foods that went in them. When I handed them money to buy lunch, it was like giving them a pass to chose from whatever foods (or snacks in place of food!) they ate.
  • I did a fairly good job at keeping their diets healthy at home. No, not a perfect job, but when I would compare the things in my shopping cart each week with the other mothers waiting in line, the difference was pretty drastic in many cases. I'm thankful that we were financially able to eat well.
  • My husband and I were responsible for where we chose to eat when we went out to dinner, and when we stopped while traveling. Those were times when we let our hair down a bit, and ate less than healthy meals...but that was our choice, and doing this occasionally did not harm. If we chose to eat that way on a regular basis, that would be a completely different story.
The point that I'm making here is that it is a parent's responsibility to determine what goes into their children's mouth. No matter what foods are out their on the supermarket shelves, or in the school lunch program, or are available at the restaurant you eat, the choice is yours while your children are young. AND the choices you make while they are young will influence them in the years to come.

Choose wisely!

Updated 3/19/16


  1. My parents taught me to eat well and I am thankful for it. It is nice to eat well and feel good about it.

  2. Claudia,

    You are so right! I have had to be creative in getting my grandson to eat certain vegetables. We have this game we play with the asparagus to see who can eat it faster. He loves the game--therefore making him enjoy the veggie he's eating.

    He also enjoys drinking veggie juice from the asparagus and broccoli. We pretend it's tea :)

    It's not easy getting a child to eat right because early on in their lives we feed them a lot of stuff they really shouldn't eat (like McDonalds, Burger King, candy, etc) and once they acquire a taste for certain foods, that's all they seem to want.