We were sitting on the couch the other day and my daughter started fussing for a snack. I gave her Gerber Graduates cinnamon maple Crunchies. In our house we call them “cookies.” The term was enough to send my mother on a tirade essentially boiling down to the unhealthy foods I allow my daughter to eat.
First of all, these are not really cookies. Second, if anything is unhealthy in this situation, it is the desire or determination to raise a child completely devoid of cookies, or candies, or anything else deemed damaging. I am by no means condoning allowing a small child to eat anything they want without limitation, but the occasional snack seems innocuous enough.
In a society obsessed with fad diets restricting entire food groups, I am not amazed that sugars have now earned such a bad name as to be black listed. However, I am advocating letting children be children. Sure, monitor them, but don’t deprive them of some of the best things that I am sure you enjoyed as a child. Imagine growing up not knowing what cotton candy and bubble gum were. Imagine no ice cream. No trick or treating. No jelly beans. I think that is a lot more troubling.
How do you feel about your child’s eating habits?