First thing you need to know – I’m a terrible cook. Don’t get me wrong, I try. I occasionally use recipes. I offer new foods. I give the kids opportunities to try new things. But, I’m often too tired to do any of those. After three or four hours of home-schooling, the last thing I want to do is whip up something fresh and healthy for lunch. I know – a better mom may have left-overs from last-night’s gourmet meal to feed the kids for lunch. But, since the dinner the night before was likely at a restaurant or not much better than the lunch choices, that’s not something I’m likely to do.
This is one confession I make with trepidation. I know FOOD has become a big issue in our day….no nitrates, low-fat, no food coloring, five-a-day servings of fruits and veggies, etc. Believe me, I’m well aware of the recommendations! I carry a lot of “mommy guilt” over this one. So, when my “mommy conscience” is in overdrive, I try even harder to make sure they’re getting their five servings, drinking milk and getting up “to play an hour a day”. Then I try to make myself feel better by giving them turkey hot dogs and less-breading chicken nuggets. Lame? Even if it doesn’t make a difference for the kids, at least it assuages my guilt a bit.
My Conclusion: What can I say? I have no excuse. I’m teaching my kids bad eating habits. But, I’m working on this one. What about you?