5 Foods I Never Feed My Children

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2/25/2013 6:00 AM   :  126 comments   :  43,013 Views

One of my biggest priorities as a mom is providing my kids with a healthy diet.  Sometimes I'm met with success (they love vegetables), but other times it's a little more difficult ("Eww!  What is this?!?"). I try to expose them to a wide variety of healthy foods, so that eating this way becomes a normal part of the rest of their lives.  My kids are 6, 4 and 1, and even though I control most of what they eat at this age, I still shake my head at some of the food that's served when I'm not around.  My kindergartner can't go to a Girl Scout meeting, sporting event or even morning snack at school without adults serving her junk food.  So when I'm given the opportunity to bring something, I see it as a chance to show kids that healthy food can taste good.
 
Sometimes I get flak from other parents (including my own) because I don't let my kids order whatever they want at a restaurant or limit the foods I bring into our home.  I don't think I'm denying my children the joys of childhood by not serving them many common "kid foods."  If substituting vegetables for French fries or telling them they can't have the corndog on the menu is the worst thing I do as a mom, I think I'm on the right track.   
 
At the same time, I realize that putting some foods off-limits often makes them the "forbidden fruit," and they can become the food my kids want most.  Just like adults, completely denying yourself the foods you enjoy makes you more likely to binge on them later.  I don't want my child to go crazy at a friend's house because their mom serves chocolate milk and I only serve plain.  My kids get treats and snacks they like, but there are certain foods they will just never get from me.  Recently, I read an article about the top foods nutrition experts won't feed their kids, which inspired me to write this blog.  Wondering what foods are on the "off limits" list for this personal trainer's kids?
 
5 Foods I Won't Feed My Kids
  1. Hot dogs.  I'm sure I'll get a little flak for saying this, but I have yet to find any significant nutritional value in a hot dog (or a slice of bologna for that matter).   The average hot dog has 4 grams of saturated fat and 540 milligrams of sodium.  The first two ingredients in a hot dog are mechanically separated turkey and mechanically separated chicken.  I don't know what "mechanically separated" means, but I'm pretty sure there's more processing involved than I'm comfortable serving my kids. In addition to that, processed meats, including hot dogs, contain nitrates, which have been linked to colon cancer.   
     
  2. Prepackaged lunches. A lot of my daughter's friends bring Lunchables to school as a "special treat".  Here's one variety:  Light Bologna with American Cracker Stackers.  Listed on the website as a "good source of protein, calcium and iron," they don't highlight the fact that one package contains 35% of the daily amount of saturated fat and 26% of the daily limit for sodium.  Without too much planning, you can come up with a much healthier lunch for your kids.  In addition, the ingredient list in a Lunchable is too long to count.  My general rule is that if a product has more than 5 ingredients, I put it back on the shelf.  This doesn't happen 100% of the time, but it's my goal as much as possible. 
     
  3. Soda.  Okay, I can’t exactly say “never” to this one, because my oldest two have had Sprite a few times in their lives.  But it really has been just a few times, on special occasions (like New Year’s Eve or birthdays.)  They never ask for soda because they are used to milk or water with all of their meals.  Soda is loaded with sugar, is bad for their teeth, and it has no nutritional value.  If your kids drink a lot of soda and you want to change that, don’t try and do it cold turkey.  Slowly start replacing soda with water.  If they don’t like the taste of plain water, try flavoring it with fruit.  My kids think it’s fun to squeeze an orange slice into their water. 
     
  4. Fast food.  The closest my kids have come to eating fast food is going to Panera on occasion.  I'd almost always rather make my kids a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for dinner versus a McDonald's hamburger (which they have never had).  It's cheaper to cook at home and I know exactly what's going into the food being served.  And while PB&J might not be the perfect meal, it's still a pretty balanced meal that I can throw together in mere minutes—and my kids love it.
     
  5. Sugary cereals.  Growing up, the only cereals we were allowed to have were Cheerios and Rice Krispies.  While my friends dined on Cookie Crunch and fruity puffs with marshmallows, we were stuck with the plain stuff.  Now I'm glad my parents made this choice and I do the same.  Kids are much better off without a sugar-filled start to their day. Instead, our quick breakfasts of choice are peanut butter on toast, Greek yogurt with fruit or Cheerios.

I hope this list doesn't make me seem like a food snob, or imply that I'm better than any other mother who serves these foods to their children.  I strongly believe that every parent should do what they feel is best for their kids and within their abilities, finances and priorities. Serving my children a healthy diet full of wholesome food is important to me, so I put a lot of effort into the meals I serve.  Sometimes I get strange looks from friends and family when they see what I feed (or won't feed) my kids.  I've accepted that I'm different than most moms, and I hope that the older my kids get, the more they will appreciate it too.
 
But it's not about perfection. My kids do get treats.  They love pizza, whether we make it at home or go out to eat.  We enjoy going to the local ice cream stand in the summer, and sometimes we make cookies together at home just for fun.  They eat cake at birthday parties, and enjoy these "fun" foods just as much as any other child.  But in my family, treats are seen as special—not an everyday occurrence.  
 
If you're interested in changing the diet of your family, A Parent's Guide to Nutrition for Kids or SparkPeople’s Healthy Family Makeover Challenge is a good place to start.  Kids can be stubborn, so don't expect all changes to be well-received in the beginning.  But if you stay consistent, changing a few small things at a time so you don't overwhelm them all at once, eventually they will come around and your family will be much healthier because of it.
 
Are there any foods you won't (or didn't) serve to your kids?  Do you think my list of off-limits foods is reasonable or unreasonable?


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  • 126
    I agree with everything on the list. It's really a moot point at our house because we don't keep this stuff around. Maybe he eats a hot dog twice a year at a BBQ. I don't make any of this forbidden fruit, we just don't eat that stuff. I think the hardest thing for us was that my husband used to eat sugary cereal himself. When we were first married I thought it was gross, but figured it's his choice. After my son was born we had to have a serious talk about it because I was adamant about my son not eating that stuff. - 10/19/2014   3:56:55 PM
  • PEACHYKEEN1985
    125
    I totally agree with the majoirty of this list. My daughter is just a little over a year old and I'm very aware of what she eats. As a result it has made ME more aware of what I eat as well. - 9/16/2014   2:29:39 PM
  • 124
    "Mechanically separated" probably just means ground up, but still, it is a rather off-putting phrase, isn't it? It reminds me of all the jokes about what discarded parts of the animal really go into hot dogs and then I'm left with a rampaging case of the heebee-jeebies. *lol* I'm always asking how does the machine know what parts to throw in and what parts to toss, and then it's all over and I find I wasn't as hungry as I first thought. :D - 9/6/2014   11:24:33 AM
  • LISAREESA
    123
    I don't go with the "forbidden fruit" belief either. I never gave my child sodas or caffeine. He's 17 now and he drinks water. Once he was old enough, I explained WHY we don't drink sodas and caffeine. He had a Mt Dew in middle school and felt so bad after he confessed and never drank another!! He has friends who drink Monsters and Red Bulls multiple times daily and he feels bad for them because they're hooked!!!
    As the parent you make the good choices. Explain why when they're ready to understand. Life long habits are formed before you know it!! - 8/19/2014   9:10:31 PM
  • 122
    I police the food that I feed my children in my house and that goes into their lunchboxes, but I allow them to control the foods they eat away from home. While I don't serve hot dogs at home, if they want a hot dog at a baseball game, I allow it. My kids are 14 and 9 and involved in multiple activities. I work a demanding job. I'd like to say they have a healthful home cooked meal that we eat together at the table every night, but the reality is that on occasion, they will be fed through the drive thru on the way to church from swimming. I feel that by giving them the option to choose the corn dog when they were used to less processed foods at home, I was equipping them to make better decisions when I wasn't around to police their plates. (Oh you ate the corn dog and now you have a tummy ache? Why do you think that is?) - 8/12/2014   9:56:46 AM
  • CHERRYZMB60
    121
    I agree with the writer. I only eat Hebrew National 98% fat free hot dogs. to add flavor to cereal since i stopped buying the sugary ones I add fresh fruits, roasted oatmeal and dry roasted chopped nuts. I stopped buying lunchables for myself for the reasons stated. - 8/12/2014   8:36:54 AM
  • 120
    I get what you are saying but would say it differently. For instance I would say, I love to prepare a healthy breakfast for my kids that will give them the energy they need for the morning. And when our kids beg for school lunch (because that is what happens when you pack their lunch every day) I tell them I couldn't let them eat that stuff because I want them to get a satisfying meal that will power them through the afternoon. I let them pack their own lunch and decide what goes in it - but of course what goes in is the stuff I provide in our pantry. They make good choices. They take water bottles wherever we go because we know that staying well-hydrated gives you more energy. Our family attitude toward unhealthy things isn't one of "we don't eat these delicious treats because we're healthy". It's like, "I'm glad we're able to eat nutritious things". The household I grew up in was very unhealthy, and my dad has commented multiple times when I send the kids to stay with them how surprised he is that our kids wouldn't drink juice at every meal even if it is offered. They ask for water and fruit and vegetables if it isn't served with a meal. Their food habits are theirs - not mine. - 8/8/2014   9:02:59 AM
  • 119
    I agree with some of the foods on the list. I have a 5 year old boy who eats just about anything. While we do eat fast food, I try to limit it with trail mix and granola bars (99% of the time its because we're out and about and ran out of food) but sometimes it just happens. I totally agree with soda though. I don't drink it and my son doesn't either. He has tried it and told me that it is too "spicy". I also agree with the lunchables. They take maybe 10 minutes to make at home with WW crackers, low fat cheese, and roasted chicken breast. Serve with some fruit and a bottle of water and you're golden. We like to do hummus with pita slices and grapes as well. And honestly? When it comes down to the wire, it doesn't matter what any one else thinks about what you feed or don't feed your child/ren. It's what you feel is right for them. If it mean restricting overly processed foods? So be it. You don't have to answer to anyone but your God and your conscience. - 5/25/2014   1:53:31 AM
  • 118
    As soon as their out of your sight, they're going to eat this stuff to excess. If they express an interest in it, let them have it in moderation.

    Making foods forbidden makes them attractive to children; it think it's unwise to make it an easy option for their adolescent rebellion. - 5/24/2014   8:29:32 PM
  • TINA8605
    117
    I think your ideas are right on the money...I was 10 before I ever tasted Spaghettios....and I found them disgusting...I spit it out. We never had pudding either....we were always served yogurt with fruit in it. We only went to Taco Bell with our church bulletin so we could get our free taco. My mother is German and believe me....that woman can bake!! But most of what she baked us was sweeten with fruit over sugar overload. To this day (53 years later) I still don't eat a high amount of sugar or fast food. She did teach us one (at least) great lesson...how to cook! But I am over weight cause I eat too much period and don't get enough exercise. But I'm on track today. - 5/24/2014   6:53:12 AM
  • 116
    I believe in moderation. I dont believe in not giving my son certain foods. Actually, I still like all of the foods/drinks in the post and still eat them and I have lost 43 pounds. Everything in moderation. - 5/24/2014   1:35:33 AM
  • 115
    Though i dont have kids yet, i know that i would want to strive to limit the same things for my kids. The problem i have is that my husband LOVES most of these items. He only eats sugary cereals, asks for hot dogs and fast food at least once a week and drinks a lot of soda. I dont eat any of these items (except a rare hot dog or fast food meal to appease my husband) and i wouldn't want my kids too either. But how can i tell my kids no when my husband is the one with the Cap'n Crunch??? - 5/22/2014   9:30:32 AM
  • 114
    I hate the "forbidden fruit" argument. I grew up with mostly home-grown, home canned, fresh and healthy foods. I never binged on hot dogs once given my own free choice in the matter. I've tried a lot of junk foods here and there, but they never became part of my lifestyle. I have so many fewer bad habits to break than most Americans do. - 12/10/2013   12:56:26 AM
  • 113
    Thanks for sharing. I wish I would have thought this way when my kids were younger. Its harder to change now that they are used to it. But we are slowly making progress. - 12/9/2013   10:58:27 AM
  • 112
    I commend you for giving your children a healthy start. I do have to wonder how to teach moderation if you are teaching some foods as off limits. What happens when they do taste these for the first time? They will be adults one day and as an individual with binge eating disorder I have seen fellow sufferers who started off indulging in those foods that were deemed off limits simply because mommy couldn't tell them no. It's like the preacher's kid that goes wild when daddy's not looking. - 11/12/2013   9:24:46 PM
  • IHAVEADUMBNAME1
    111
    If I had kids I would be all over this. I would want them to start out life with healthy food being the norm, rather than then feeling like they have to reprogram themselves as an adult. - 11/12/2013   8:54:11 PM
  • 110
    I was raised on a fair amount of junk food, McDonalds, Jack in the Box, Cookies, Ice cream, lots of candy etc. My last two years of high school I became very health conscience and by my freshman year of college I was a vegetarian and ate a very clean diet for 20+ years. i think it is important to educate kids on moderation and why certain foods are not good for them to totally deny may trigger the urge to binge on these foods later. Plus you can find a health food version of almost every junk food out there even veggie dogs and non-sugary cereal for kids. - 11/8/2013   9:27:27 AM
  • MOMMYCAT08
    109
    Good for you. I get tired of people telling me that I should give my child junk food. it is nice to see that there are other people out there doing the same thing. - 6/11/2013   12:48:23 PM
  • 108
    I agree! - 5/31/2013   4:58:59 PM
  • 107
    I totally agree with you on every point! Very GOOD! I have never liked bologna, either! - 3/22/2013   11:58:22 PM
  • 106
    While I commend you for this great effort, and I am very impressed with how you are knowledgeable with reading ingredients (so many times people will not bother looking at the panels) I am really leaning towards those who've commented about teaching moderation.
    As a single father with a full-time career, meals were not always balanced every single day, we had our months where pizza was delivered on a Wednesday due to meetings, classes, sports, etc.
    With my ex-wife feeling that pizza for dinner and then left-over pizza for as many meals as possible was ok, it was difficult but not impossible to get the kids to like broccoli, apples, salads, squash, potatoes (mashed & baked). Now at 17 & 22, the girls eat basically what they want, and shockingly we go through more good foods than bad. Even with a McDonalds literally across the street, I find myself tasked to cook 6 nights a week depending on left-overs. - 3/19/2013   2:33:04 PM
  • 105
    I don't think you sound like a food snob! You don't seem like you are trying to convert everyone, and as a parent you should have the final say about what your kids eat. I agree it's hard when other parents or adults serve junk food or sugary snacks. It doesn't send a very positive message. I think the best we can do is help kids learn to make good choices. - 3/17/2013   5:36:37 PM
  • STARVING_POET
    104
    Like a lot of others have said here, I would rather teach my children moderation than deny them certain foods. My parents did this to me when I was child, and once I left the nest, I became obsessed with eating the foods I was told I could never have, which started my weight woes. I hope your children don't take the same path. - 3/11/2013   6:00:57 PM
  • 103
    I did pretty much the same thing when my kids were that young. As they grew up, though, and started choosing their own foods when they were out and about, they went for at least some of the junk food. We did allow some surgary cereals, but I called them our "Saturday Cereals," we limited them somewhat. One of my kids is a college athlete now and takes care of whatever she eats. The other load up on "colon cancer in a cart" whenever we take him to the grocery when visiting him on campus. Both know the healthy choices to make. They don't always make them. Keep an eye on it while you can. You'll be setting them up to eat well if they want to. - 3/11/2013   3:27:25 PM
  • 102
    Applause. You kids will remember that you were interested in their health and well-being and actually looked at quality food as essential for that health. Information, processing, etc. might change over their lifetime, but they will remember the example you set now. - 3/3/2013   7:17:37 PM
  • 101
    I am totally with you. Your children will probably object in there teen years ours did but now they are doing the same with their kids so what goes around comes around well done.
    I was homeless as a kid so it was easy to have no sugar. I was always given free milk in school and hot lunches in England was mashed potatoes peas carrots and turnip. About the only vegetables available. We never had cold lunch or food from home.Only the animals ate corn.
    I still prefer to cook from Scratch. I know what i am putting in to my body and that is how we eat when the grands come around. They like to cook and I teach them about nutrition.
    ANIMALS TEACH THEIR OFFSPRING EXACTLY WHAT TO EAT AND WHAT NOT TO EAT.ONLY HUMANS AND DOMESTICATED ANIMALS EAT JUST ABOUT ANYTHING. Pat in Maine. - 3/1/2013   8:30:27 PM
  • 100
    You can purchase non-nitrate, meat filled hot dogs. My nephew couldn't have hot dogs because of nitrates and we found in a local butcher shop, locally made hot dogs. They weren't made with mechanically separated meats, they were made with 100% beef, and no nitrates. Bolgana is the same - from a meat shop, it is meat; prepackaged it's anyone's guess. - 3/1/2013   7:01:10 PM
  • 99
    A food snob?!? No way! When we were kids we never ate fast food, pop and chips were special occassions and cereal was usually oatmeal. The number of heavy kids in our schools was likely under 10 now I think the are at least 10 overweight kids per class room. Smart parenting! - 2/28/2013   8:15:06 PM
  • 98
    To each their own. I applaud you for sticking to your beliefs, but if asked I would caution you against being too strict with your childrens' food. Rather than putting forbidden foods on a list, I taught my children moderation. Now young adults, they are both fit and healthy. They will both eat just about anything put in front of them, and yes, they occasionally buy fast food, sugary cereals, etc. for themselves, just as I did OCCASIONALLY for them as children. But they also buy fruits and veggies, use the healthier cooking methods, and they know how to use good judgement when it comes to food. I think it's a much healthier way to raise your children, and I am incredibly proud of the way mine can think for themselves rather than have someone strongarm them into living by THEIR choices. But I'm not judging....as I said, to each their own! - 2/28/2013   11:57:18 AM
  • 97
    I was raised this way and fell into a very dangerous trap -- once I got out on my own, these foods were things I had always wanted to try and suddenly I could. My mother insisted that everything be homemade, nothing was ever fried, nothing was ever processed, she grew most of our fruits and vegetables herself all organic of course, and we weren't allowed to try any of the foods that our friends ate. We were completely forbidden from eating school cafeteria food, only lunch that she packed for us. Everything had to be whole grain. I don't think I had white bread until high school! Only a few years out of high school, I was 230 lbs. It's important to find a way to allow children to feel like they aren't being sheltered / left out of the fun that their peers are having. Otherwise they may overcompensate like I did. - 2/28/2013   7:56:09 AM
  • 96
    So true, soda and sugary cererals are not good for anyone. Those lunchables are fast and easy to use but they are expensive and full of salt. Good call! - 2/28/2013   1:41:06 AM
  • 95
    I wish I had earned these lessons when my kids were little, and forming their food habbits. One of my struggles is that my family doesn't share the quest for healthy food. I have said no to hotdogs, for here and at the church soup kitchen and people think I am horrid. - 2/27/2013   3:56:36 PM
  • 94
    Hope they don't graze mightily on your list as soon as they get out of your control. My sister raised her kids pretty much the same way and now they are very large young adults- it doesn't always protect them. Teaching them moderation might work too. - 2/26/2013   10:24:08 PM
  • 93
    Kudos to you! I feed my children lots of "forbidden foods", but we don't drink soda and very rarely have juice. It's much harder than I ever thought it would be to encourage healthy eating as a parent. I have a huge challenge with my daughter who has a very limited repertoire of foods. If I could begin parenting again, I may do things differently, but I have plenty of things to beat myself up about as it is. I am going to press forward and hope to keep introducing good healthy foods back into their diet!!! But, I think it's great that you have been strict about your children's food. It will serve them well. - 2/26/2013   10:23:29 PM
  • VICKIE91024
    92
    You're a fantastic mother! I was raised pretty much the same way ( had my first soda at the neighbor's house when I was 6). I wanted junk food as I was grownig up but now I appreciate the way I way brought up. Can't remember the last time I had fat food. - 2/26/2013   9:22:24 PM
  • SIVA04
    91
    I love your list. I basically followed this list raising my son when he was young. I guess I did okay...he is super health conscious. - 2/26/2013   7:19:42 PM
  • 90
    I think you are an awesome Mom. When my kids were small. They are in their fourties now, we sure did not have all this excellent information. I know I would be doing the same as you. Keep it up and they will grow into healthy adults. - 2/26/2013   6:13:47 PM
  • 89
    Ditto on ALL five! My friends think I am the food police. Hopefully my boys will grow up and have an easier time than I did making good choices. Thank you for posting this article, it is nice to know I am not the only "officer" in town! - 2/26/2013   4:42:34 PM
  • 88
    I teach my children "all things in moderation" and what portions are. I teach them how to eat everything, but sensibly....cereals, fast food, lunchables, hot dogs, candy, soda, meat, desserts, etc. They have soda, but not very often and it must be root beer or a clear soda. I mainly give them milk and water. They eat hot dogs, but not often. They eat most everything, but nothing ALL THE TIME. I do push fruits and vegetables ALL the time. Yogurt and cheese are also a big snack item. I make sure they eat until they are satisfied, not full and I make sure they get exercise every day. They are healthy children that are not hung up on what they can or can't eat. Bottom line, each parent should feed their children as they see fit and within their budget/ability and it's no one else's business except maybe their Pediatrician's. No one person has the answer for all. - 2/26/2013   3:41:31 PM
  • BAMAJAM
    87
    It is indeed wise parenting to feed our children a healthy diet. We should teach kids by example...so the message of this blog is very beneficial. Why would anyone want to argue with healthy benefits....
    Long ago my teenage cousin toured a meat packing plant and he told me that he would NEVER eat another hot dog!---- His comment cured my desire for hotdogs, permanently!
    A note to grandparents: I am a grandmother (and mother-in-law) and I will never undermine the parents of my grandchildren. If there are food restrictions and food exclusions, I will honor the wishes of the parents..period! An added bonus to a healthy diet is healthy teeth! As a former dental assistant, I was scrupulous about oral hygiene for my kids,,,, and the same lessons are passed to the youngest family members. Healthy habits are good habits and can become a great way of life. Thanks for this blog!
    - 2/26/2013   3:38:42 PM
  • BONSHELL
    86
    The only problem I have with this blog is the picture of a child eating Fruit Loops. Can I rely on your blog to be totally truthful? Otherwise, I firmly support your position, and receive a LOT of pushback from my 12 and 14 year-old children about this. "Just because you and Daddy have adopted a healthy eating program doesn't mean we have to." is the reply I get the most. LOL - 2/26/2013   2:19:41 PM
  • 85
    Amen to not serving those foods to your children.

    - 2/26/2013   1:24:45 PM
  • 84
    I find it wonderful that you are this concerned about your children's health, and pure foods. What a great foundation for life. Just think of all of us that didn't get this foundation, and how we've struggled throughout our lives. I was addicted to sugar, candy, sugar cereals, cookies, ice cream, etc. It was always on hand, even when she had me on every diet imaginable.

    You are an awesome Mom! I can't believe what I see people feeding their children.. And as far as expense goes, you just need effort, most are too lazy to go through the learning, planning, and cooking.

    Great job! I hope some Mom's here are interested in the same for their children. - 2/26/2013   1:12:17 PM
  • ELECTRALYTE
    83
    Good job! These parents that say they are too busy should look at (and fix) the priorities in life. IMHO - 2/26/2013   1:10:28 PM
  • SHEDON13
    82
    Met a Doctor in Mexico that stated to me that the reason for the childhood obesity problem in the US was hot dogs. I couldn't really disagree with him but I would add McDonald's and fast food being eaten as the other reason. Soda's were invented as a treat not a replacement to fluid intact of water. All foods that can be used as a treat instead of the norm can't be a bad thing. Sorry ditzmudgirl, my husband didn't cook "the kitchen is for women" as well as raising the kids. I might as well have been single, I also worked a full time job. But the only fast food my boys got was sub's not subway, before baseball games when I got off late and they had early games. All the food listed here were special foods. If we lived in any other country but the US this would not even be a topic for discussion as much as we as a nation are giving our unhealthy fast foods and sodas to the rest of the world they are still feeding their children in the home. - 2/26/2013   1:01:14 PM
  • 81
    I totally agree with this article and I don't think that it sounds 'holier than thou' at all. This is how I was raised. Both of my parents worked, but they made it a priority to have healthy meals and encourage healthy eating habits. Sugary cereals and sodas were a special treat when I was away at summer camp or on vacation. Children are capable of eating the same foods that their parents eat and don't need to be given special 'children's food'. Sometimes it takes introducing a new food several times before a child is willing to try it, but that doesn't mean you should just give up and feed them chicken nuggets and hotdogs just because that is what they want to eat.

    If they are hungry they will eat something, if they don't want to eat then that is fine. They aren't going to starve just because they don't want to eat what you prepared for them. - 2/26/2013   12:42:16 PM
  • 80
    When I was raising my kids, we did not have soda in the house. It was a treat when we went out to eat, the same as mom or dad having wine or beer. I believe it was part of the reason they reached adulthood with no fillings in their teeth. - 2/26/2013   12:35:15 PM
  • 79
    I admire the sentiment, but for me it's not at all practical. I am a working mom of 3. While I admire your thoughts, I cannot live by them. I allow Nathan's or Hebrew National Hot dogs. I do not allow soda for them. I rely on cereal that does not have tree nuts or manufactured in a facility with them. Yep, sometimes my only choices are sugary cereals. With food allergies that are expansive, I spend most of the time finding foods they CAN eat. And no, that's not always the healthier choice. (Imagine if your child was allergic to 90% of all fruit?)

    I think this post completely as comes off as "holier than thou". I am disappointed that this was featured as something we should read. It's effect is to either get people who already do this to affirm they are better than the rest of us or make those of us who do feed our kids these "horrendous" choices to feel more guilty than we already do. - 2/26/2013   11:55:56 AM
  • 78
    No food snob here...I pretty much have those exact same rule and my girls thank me for it. They've never really liked sodas, hot dogs OCCASIONALLY with chili or something but really they don't like any processed meats. As a matter of fact, I haven't bought lunch meat/processed in about four years. Because no one will eat it! - 2/26/2013   11:32:10 AM
  • ROGERSBABE1
    77
    I think we need to watch their diets, set good examples for them and talk about nutrition. We also need to guard what goes into their "mental diet" as well (exposure to media, etc.) I talk to my six year old about what's good for his body. I do let him have an occassional treat. And I also portion his treats (15 chips or 3 cookies). I think the only thing completely off limits is soda. I do think I need to get better, though. - 2/26/2013   11:14:39 AM

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