As a result of several conversations I've had with other mamas over the past week or so all about this topic, I decided it warranted a little 'air time' here.
Are you trying to raise healthy eaters? Wanting to teach your children about the connection between what they put in their bodies and how they feel, think, and behave? Or, maybe your kiddos have food allergies or sensitivities. Regardless of your individual journey, it seems we all share a similar contemplative tug-of-war between our health values and the desire for our children to "fit in" at birthday parties and social events.
As a mama to a 3-year old little girl and 1-year old little boy, I'm well-aware of the fact that we've juuuuuust scratched the surface with our experiences. We haven't had to deal with buying and sharing school lunches, parties every weekend, or trips to friends' houses without us. We have, however, had some sticky situations: unexpected snack times at toddler classes, lunch (and dessert) served at 9 AM birthday parties, and daily snack-time at nursery school that often comes served-up with significant doses of food dye, sugar, and hydrogenated oils.
This video was shot on a whim. It came after yet another conversation with a mama-friend of mine who was fed up with a recent and frustrating experience at birthday party which ended with her kids eating more candy in one sitting than they ever had before.
If you have 5 minutes, please watch this video and weigh in. I want to hear from all you mamas (and dads, caregivers) out there. What do you do? How do you FEEL? Is this frustrating to you? If so, how do you manage to bridge the gap between your kiddos' health and your childrens' requests and need to feel included? Do you BYOF (bring your own food)?
Leave your comments below…I'd love to hear from you!