This video from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is floating around online. It puts the pressure on parents – you see an overweight man in the ER suffering a heart attack. One of the hospital workers says, “How does this happen?” and then you see it. A life rewind shows us his bad habits going all the way back to the toddler years as he fills up on juice and French fries.
After watching, I looked at my 2 1/2 year old running around with his orange juice and almost hopped out of my seat to dump it out and replace it with water!
Before doing that I talked myself out of it – we only do juice sparingly and usually with a reason (and diluted). Today’s reason - he hasn’t been drinking much and is coming down with a virus. If he does juice today to avoid an IV because of dehydration, it’s probably okay.
Not everything we do is healthy – eh hem – chicken nuggets on a busy day. But we do try – Greek yogurt with French toast instead of syrup. I’m also lucky to have a son who loves salad (the trick is blue cheese vinaigrette) and spinach in smoothies.
What do you do to teach your child healthy habits?
What do you think of this video? Is it too much? Or is it right on track? Is it giving you some anxiety like this helicopter mom?