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The Pizza and Chocolate Milk Worries

There are so many things I worry about when it comes to raising my kids. I worry about bullies and the teenage years. I fret about their futures and their safety. With so many things to worry about, though, I try to remember that as a parent, I do the best I can. My kids are lucky enough to get three meals a day, they live in a house in a safe neighborhood, they are healthy, and they are loved.

One of the things that I continually find myself worrying about is what my kids eat. I try my best to cook healthy meals with some sort of meat and a vegetable. Their snacks are usually something like cheese and crackers, fruit, carrots, or organic granola bars. Now that they’re both in school, they sometimes buy lunch. On one hand I’m thrilled not to have to make them a lunch on those days, but on the other hand, I worry that they’re not actually getting a healthy meal. Just this week, my daughter Ella bought her lunch for the first time.

“Ella, what did you have for lunch today?” I asked.

“I had pizza and it was so good!” she exclaimed.

“Did you have any fruit or a vegetable with your lunch? How about milk?”

She thought for a moment and finally answered. “Well, I just had pizza.” In her tiniest whisper, she continued, “…and chocolate milk.”

Of course, I appreciated her honesty, but I do wish that she would have made better choices–and I really wish that chocolate milk wasn’t even an option! But while this wasn’t the healthiest meal she could have had, I still feel mostly okay about it. She ate a healthy breakfast and dinner that day. Buying lunch isn’t something she’ll do everyday and having treats like chocolate milk and other sweets is something that I want her to enjoy.

I do allow my kids sweet treats occasionally. Candy, chocolate milk, and other sugary treats don’t worry me much since my kids are physically active and have been cavity-free so far at every dentist appointment. I would be more cautious if they never played and ran around outside or if they had a history of cavities. Both of my kids brush and rinse regularly, and have since they were too little to brush on their own. Adding rinsing to our daily routine has helped me feel even better about allowing those extra treats since Listerine Smart Rinse provides 12 hours of cavity protection and strengthens teeth 99% better than brushing alone.

Now if I could only find that same sort of protection for my kids for everything I worry about!

Do you worry about letting your kids eat sugary sweets?

I received products from Johnson & Johnson as part of my participation in the LISTERINEĀ® Kids Cavity-Free School Year Program. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. Click here to see more of the discussion.

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