Maintaining a balanced diet for our kids…
I’m going to say it’s probably one of the hardest things my husband and I have to deal with as parents. We LOVE to eat out. We don’t splurge on many things, but eating out is most certainly something we don’t mind paying for.
But here’s the difference. If Bill has a really BIG meal, he’ll just hop on the treadmill for a few hours to balance things out. You can’t really do that to your children, right?
Instead, we have to be more conscious when it comes to them. It’s not about quick fixes. It’s about lifelong decisions. Portion control is KEY – at least that’s what I’ve found as a parent.
Even a child’s portion is exaggerated these days. My babies are 4 and 6 and you better believe they SPLIT a child’s meal every time we go out. If I don’t really like the options that are available on the kids menu… guess what? The two of them split with ME. Yes, one adult portion can comfortably feed three people at almost any restaurant. I don’t know why or how our restaurant servings got to be as big as they are… but it’s an unfortunate fact.
Even at this early age, I’m trying to make my children understand that they don’t have to EVER finish all the food that is on their plate. In fact, I make it a point to show them that I never finish my meal and instead take it home to eat for dinner the very next day.
Portion control is key. It’s not about denying yourself. Enjoy all the yummy wonders of the world! Just eat it within reason.
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