I am a mom.
and a worrywart.
I used to worry a lot more then I did – when i was a ‘newer’ mom – unexperienced;
I worried about how much they ate; what they ate; how much they slept; that they were not ‘sleeping through the night’; this and that & this and that.
As my kids multiplied & my confidence grew in strides I began to realize a few things.
My gut instinct knows what it is doing. I know what i am doing.
So do my kids.
One ‘battle’ that was constant in the Accustomed Chaos household was always around food. It was a struggle I had daily with P & R. Over every meal. Every day.
Caused nothing but stress. for all of us.
& food – eating should not be a cause of stress.
What did i realize?
This is a battle I will NEVER win with them.
I don’t want to ‘win’ the battle.
I want them to learn & TRUST their body. It will tell them when they’re hungry.
They will not starve themselves.
My daughter R.E.F.U.S.E.D. to eat anything with gluten (before diagnosis) & now i know why.
I offer dinner & as long as i know it is not something they hate (P will refuse creamy dairy) & if they choose not to eat it – that is it.
My daughter – who lost 5 lbs in 4 months due to celiac disease – when she went back on a gluten free diet – all she wanted was peanut butter. I listened to what she was telling me her body wanted. She gained weight back – healthy.
Food is a battle I will never win with my kids. It is something they can control & something they want to control. They should control.
It is important for me to teach them to listen to their body. I will not force them to eat. I will not force them to ‘finish their plate’. I will not make them something else.
But i will not worry.
Disclaimer: it is lame that i need a disclaimer, but i do. this post is based on my experience & my kids. trust your gut when it comes to your kids
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