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Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Sugar Addict Children
When did it become common practice for parents to take turns buying junk food to give kids after playing a sport?
My son has played sports for about three years and I’m still wide-eyed when a mom pulls out cupcakes with frosting towers as soon as the last inning ends.
I’m appalled and feel powerless to change this tradition.
“The snacks are so important,” some perky mom says at the start of each season. “That’s why the kids play, what they look forward to.”
What about health? What about the pleasure of playing? What about the child-obesity crisis?
My concern escalated last spring when my son got snacks not just after baseball games, but also after practice. Practice ended at six p.m. Did he really need a bag of chips and a sugary drink as an appetizer before dinner?
I forbid him to partake which made me the mean mom.
I try to come up with something healthy when it’s my turn. Something healthy, yet tasty enough that my son won’t be embarrassed. For my last attempt, I stuffed baggies with a cheese stick and a handful of wheat thins.
Another mom, whose turn it was not, brought doughnuts. Just in case whoever had snacks forgot -- she didn’t want the kids to suffer.
Guess which snack the kids chose?
By Marianne Lonsdale
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Oo, you've touched a nerve--great entry. I'm tired of sugar as a reward too. Kids play ball b/c it feels good to play ball, not in order to get some fatty, worthless food at the end! Oh, I could go on... Anyway, thanks.Post a Comment