Let me start by saying, I don’t believe there is a right or wrong when it comes to children and junk food. Every family does the best they can for their kids and makes decisions accordingly. I respect everyone’s view on the topic….
For me, I allow my son to have junk food, that includes cakes, biscuits, lollies and chocolate… Not all of the time of course but occasionally I allow my son and myself to indulge. However, my reasoning isn’t always pure, sometimes its for my own personal gain…. So these are just some of the reasons I feed my son junk food…
Let’s me honest… I’m a single mum with a toddler, who can be difficult to negotiate with at the best of times. So yes, on occasion I bribe my son with the prospect of having a ‘special treat’ if he behaves himself. That treat might be a freddo frog or a babyccino and a cupcake or a jelly snake. I try not to make a habit out of it, because I don’t believe food should be a reward, but lets face it, some days its just about getting through. And it’s in those moments that I’m glad I can offer a sweet treat to keep the peace.
By allowing Odin to have sweets on occasion, I am able to teach him about the importance of moderation. It opens up discussions about the different food groups and what is considered to be healthy, nutritious, everyday food and what is sometimes food. He understands the importance of eating all of your vegetables first because, in his words, ‘they keep you working well.’
I eat it
Yes I eat junk food! I enjoy chocolate with a cup of tea, jelly snakes while on a rd trip, popcorn at the movies and the occasional cake and coffee date. I try and set the best possible example for my son, I exercise regularly, work hard, try not to swear, don’t smoke and try to be a decent person. And I do it all because I know my son looks up to me, watches what I do and emulates me. So of course he is going to see me eating junk food and want to do the same thing.
He enjoys it
Most importantly, like any 2 year old, Odin loves a delicious cupcake, kinder surprise, jelly snake or ice cream cone. One of my favourite times of the week is when Odin and I sit down for a coffee, babyccino and share a piece of cake. We talk about our week, discuss our day and just spend time together…
So if you choose to feed your kids junk food, you are not alone! If you choose not to, then that’s good too… The bottom line is, no parent should feel guilty about what you choose to feed your children… We are all just trying to get through!