Thursday, March 26, 2009

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

How am I supposed to teach my children healthy eating habits when I don’t eat healthy myself? I’m a very very picky eater. I blame my parents because I believe I may have been a little spoiled as a child. I remember my mom use to make me a hot dog and Macaroni and Cheese to eat during Thanksgiving dinner because I didn’t like turkey back then. Also, when she made chili, she would make two pots…one with beans, and one without for me and my brother. I hate the fact that I am picky because I feel like I’m missing out on what some people think is really great food. But I can’t change my taste buds. I can’t make myself like something that my stomach wants to reject. I think potatoes are gross. I don’t eat fries, potato chips, baked potatoes, etc. But I want my children to like them. I don’t mind cooking them, but how do I explain to my child that I don’t have to eat potatoes, but he does. What if he doesn’t like them either??? Should I still try to make him eat them?

Also, what about things like flossing everyday, making the bed, or saying prayers each night? These are things that I do not do on a daily basis, but they are something I will want my children to do. Does that mean I will start doing them in order to set a good example…or do most parents just use the “do as I say, not as I do” excuse?

I have a feeling that questions like these will be a big part of my life for the next 30 years…and I also have a feeling there are no “correct” answers.

1 comment:

Kim said...

AJ and I have had this same conversation before. Not about the potatoes though. You're the only weird one that I know that doesn't eat them in any form.
:-) I think everything will work itself out. You may have to tell a little while lie or two, but it'll be in Baby Thomas' best interest.