Serving up a healthy meal of misgivings

Here it is, your next meal of parental guilt. Eat it up, dear ones. You can have seconds.

Thanks to marketing, convenience and the sometimes outright lies of manufacturers, it’s harder than ever to feed children nutritious food. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the cupboard, you learn that peanut butter is no good for them.

Oh, what would we do without PB&Js? And fluffernutters? Ha! This ain’t your childhood anymore.

Some foods you thought were fairly healthy are deemed disgustingly fattening now. Parents shy away, determined to feed Junior only the very best. And it’s a major source of guilt when that’s just not possible.

I know a mother of 20-something twins who STILL feels awful that she gave her little ones dried fruit for school snacks two decades ago, and they soon after got their first cavities.
Yup, dried fruit. You just can’t trust anything anymore.
Now add to the list granola bars, muffins and juice. What’s left?
Portion control.

My twin girls, age 5, love McDonald’s. Yes, I know, I know… but when you’re driving through Maine, there aren’t many options. And so began their obsession with french fries. What do we do — forbid them the fries in favor of only those apple slices? Nah. That would make the fries yummier and the whining louder. They ate a few, then decided the playplace was way more fun. Whew.

If you forbid your young ones from a temptation, the allure only grows. Let them eat a few gummies every now and then, stow the guilt and go play. Please?

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