As parents, of course we’re supposed to set a good example for our kiddos…and the area of eating is a big one for me.
I wrote a couple of weeks ago about sweets. While I could polish off most of a pan of brownies, along with a pint of ice cream to help wash it down…I am trying to teach my girls by example how to enjoy such treats in moderation…to appreciate the yummy-ness, but not overindulge.
It’s probably not a secret that I’m really proud of how well my girls eat. They eat a really balanced diet, and they’ll try (and usually like) most anything I put on their plates.
I was thinking about it a week or so ago, that I don’t think our girls have EVER eaten a meal without fresh fruit. I serve fresh fruit three times a day at home. And – while I’ve greatly pared down the paraphernalia I take when we eat out – I still carry a bowl of grapes or diced strawberries when we go to a restaurant that doesn’t offer fruit on their menu.
And then it occurred to me that I am the one that needs to learn from their example in this case.
Not only am I trying to set a good example for my girlies, I’m trying to do what I can to take good care of myself so I can be around for a long, long time.
So on this note, I’m taking a page from my girlies.
It’s nothing to wash a few extra strawberries to share with them at lunch, or peel another orange so we can all have juice dripping off our chins at supper.
It’s an easy lesson…and a yummy one, too…and a little reminder that this parenting gig is a two-way street in a million different wonderful ways.