This article about a woman injuring her eye while trying on thong underwear was the talk in the coffee room this morning at work. I have to admit I got a chuckle out of it. We pondered the logistics of hurting your eye while trying on underwear a bit, which was a conversation that HR would have cringed at, but it was entertaining at least.
I have had one rant this week… It has to due with Pot Luck lunches at daycare. Little Miss’ daycare has these at least once a month. They peeve me up front, as don’t I have enough to do now rather than cook food for a Pot Luck that I won’t even be attending? But worse, it is what the other parents bring that is driving me batty. For the past two Pot Lucks, parents have brought in donuts and croissants. I’m sure it is repeat offenders that are doing this.
The first time this happened, I was so appalled (as in my kid could injest 1 week worth of fat and sugar in one sitting — woo!) that I wrote a note to the director encouraging her to ask parents to bring in healthy options for the Pot Lucks. I mean you should see what the classroom is like on these mornings, with 12 toddlers on a sugar high. The kids are literally bouncing off the walls. And for now, I can tell them I don’t want my daughter eating those foods, but the day will soon come when she’ll feel really left out if she can’t eat what the other kids are eating.
But really, who gives an entire Krispy Kreme donut to a 2 year old?! I struggle on a daily basis to give her healthy food, and then she is surrounded all day by people who think that donuts are one of the sections on the USDA food pyramid.
I’m fine with my kid having sweets occasionally… Cake at parties, homemade cookies, etc., but can’t we draw the line? Do they have to have a ton of saturated fat as well?!
The daycare director called me after receiving my letter, and said she agreed whole heartedly that they don’t want to be pumping sugar and fat laden food into our kids… But when the next pot luck came around, nothing had changed.
Do I throw up my hands in defeat? I guess I could argue that it is only one day per month that this happens, but it goes deeper…. Like what they serve at daycare for hot lunches (fries, tater tots, etc.), and what other parents pack for their kids to eat (one kid came in with a McDonald’s sandwich for breakfast today)… Soon my child will start coveting the food that her friends eat, right? I wish I could find a daycare facility that encourages and enforces healthy eating habits. I plan to teach her why we eat healthy foods, but I think a lot of it comes down to socialization.
Anyway, I know certain members of my family will hoot and holler about this, thinking it is a funny thing for me to get riled up about, but having spent a lifetime dealing with weight issues, I vow to fight to instill healthy eating habits in my daughter so that she doesn’t have to deal with the esteem issues that come along with the extra weight. Is that such a horrible thing for a mother to do?!