Have you ever tried to get food into the mouth of a child? If the kids in your life are anything like the kids in my life, it’s an uphill task that involves bribery (one bite of peas and I’ll…), humiliation (if you eat one spaghetti noodle, I will stand up in the middle of this restaurant and sing the spaghetti song), threats (if you don’t take this bite, you’re loosing your Moopsy Bear AND.I.MEAN.IT!!!!), bargaining (okay, okay, okay, if you smell this piece of broccoli, you can have my iPad!), and…well, you get the picture. It’s not something that most kids do easily on their own.
So, here lies the problem with FLOTUS and her mission to end childhood obesity. She thinks that if the government takes CONTROL of public school lunches and forces children to eat restricted-calorie lunches of fruits, veggies, and whole grains, that our problems will be solved.
Parents have a problem with this. Why? Because we want our kids to be fat? No! We want our kids not to die of starvation! When I’m with my toddler, I can get her to eat a meal using the tactics I laid out at the beginning of this article (hey, you gotta do what you gotta do), but when I’m not with my toddler, she barely eats. I’ll leave her with my sister and my sister will say, “Well, she took one bite of hotdog, but then she started watching “Angelina Ballerina.” It’s not that we want fat kids, Michelle. It’s that we want full kids. We want kids who eat lunch and have the strength to make it through the day. Most kids won’t sit and eat an apple on their own without an adult hovering over them pretending to be an airplane.
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