I know, I am blown away by the ridiculous nature of the post title as well. Toddlers? ON DIETS? I thought, “That’s it. I’ve reached the end of the humanity. There is nothing else beyond this.”
But oh yes, it happens. On Buzzfeed.com, a preschool teacher spilled all in a confession that included horror over parents that put their children on diets, limiting calories by denying second and third helpings and sometimes even the first helping by elminating bottles!
Maybe I don’t know what I’m talking about since I have a bean pole of a picky eater for a toddler and I’d be over the moon to watch him shove in a second helping of broccoli. I’ve never had an awesome body image but I will be damned if I project that onto my toddler. Seriously, my toddler is supposed to have the chub! He’s supposed to have those completely yummy little rolls over his knees and elbows. His cheeks are supposed to be all rosy and round. It’s okay if my two-year-old is in a 3T shirt.
I understand that we are an overweight nation and that childhood obesity is on the rise. But where do we draw the line between being mindful and being full-on ridiculous?
Being mindful is limiting sugar intake by cutting back on apple juice rather than limiting calories by serving skim milk.
Being mindful is serving fruit for snack, a natural sugar, rather than Scooby Doo fruit snacks.
Being mindful is letting your child go back for seconds and thirds of broccoli, teaching them to adore broccoli. (p.s. a spear of broccoli has 11 calories. it’s not exactly buttered movie theater popcorn, folks.)
Being mindful is going for a walk or hitting up the park in the evening, rather than lounging in front of Thomas the Train re-runs.
Let’s get our kids eating good food and out in the sunshine getting exercise on a regular basis. Put away the diets and the restrictions and let your babies live.
(p.s. So your pediatrician put your kid on the diet for a specific reason other than being a cute accessory? Cool. LISTEN TO HIM, he paid good money for two letters behind his name and your trust. I am not a pediatrician. I’m just a girl with an opinion that writes on the Internet.)