Food For Thought!
Last week, I wrote a status on my facebook page. It referred to what my children had eaten after coming home from school in a state of ‘hanger’. For those of you who have been privileged enough not to experience this state of mind, it is anger brought on by hunger, a trait commonly displayed in my household both by my boys and their dad!
Anyway, a few hours after posting the status I was surprised to see a nasty comment from someone on there. I was surprised as most of my facebook followers seem to take my blog for what it is, a mum who tells it like it is in an honest and heartfelt way. The comment basically implied that people should be worried about what I was feeding my children at home as the ‘list’ I had put up was so unhealthy.
Firstly let me reassure you that this person did not offend me in the slightest as I know that my children get all the goodness they need. All this person did was give me the opportunity to use my best form of defence – good old fashioned British sarcasm which went along the lines of………….
“Oh don’t you worry about us, my kids are getting all the goodness they need thank you. Also, I think you may have stumbled upon the wrong blog. Maybe I can direct you to Deliciously Ella which may be more appropriate for you.”
……….and give me the idea for a new blog post, as you are reading now!
I am very health conscious. I have always exercised, eat a lot of healthy food and am a massive fan of making my own fruit and veggie juices. This is an ethos that I have openly brought my boys up in as like any mum, I want them to grow up happy and healthy.
Having said that, they are growing lads and parents of growing kids will know that they are permanently hungry. Some days I feel like I am constantly stuck in my kitchen preparing food for everyone. When they get home from school, they will eat me out of house and home, have dinner at around 5.30 and then have cereal before bed! Like I said, they are growing lads.
I would love it if everything that went into their mouths was 100% healthy and nutritious but I am the first to admit that life just isn’t that clear cut. We have a crisp box in our house that regularly gets restocked because hey guess what, kids love crisps and if they each have a packet a day, so what? It did me no harm as a child, and it will do them no harm either! If they come home from school hungry and need a quick fix, I will happily bung a packet of scotch pancakes through the toaster and watch them enjoy their little snack. And hey, if we fancy doing a chocolate run down the local shop just because we get a craving on then that is what we will do and no-one is going to make me feel guilty about that.
I will always be introducing new healthy recipes into my house such as courgette spaghetti made in my new spiraliser that I am oh so excited about! But will the boys always like my concoctions? No, of course they won’t, they are children! And quite frankly, if I did give them Spaghetti Bolognese consisting of courgette spaghetti instead of pasta, they would be needing two bowls of cereal before bed instead of their usual one!
We are a very health conscious family but we are a real family too who aren’t perfect by any means. And if I want to give my boys something to eat that someone else considers unhealthy then they need to focus on their own family issues as I have four happy healthy boys that are doing just fine.
If you have read my previous blog posts you will know that I am fed up of society putting so much pressure on parents to do things ‘right’ these days. We should all take a step back and enjoy our children more rather than conforming to what we believe we should be doing. We all want our children to be healthy. What we don’t need is people judging us left right and centre and criticising what we do.
And now that is off my chest, I am off to enjoy a nice chocolate digestive with my cup of green tea!