They say your children are your mirrors: you can see yourself reflected in how they act and what they say. So my son’s recent description of me came as a bit of a surprise – ‘my mom only likes healthy things and hates video games’.
As I tried to defend myself, I realized that maybe there was some truth in what he said. I am always trying to feed my family healthy food, much of it vegetarian, most of it with a side of meat. I make soup stock for homemade soups, and slice and cook my own hand-picked apples, and support my local farmers market each week.
But does my son need to know, or does he really care that he is eating free range, fresh-not-frozen, hormone free chicken for dinner? It is essential to his well being that tell him exactly why I choose to purchase what he refers to as “not real” cereal for breakfast? Am I turning him off of ‘healthy’ things because I talk about them so much?
Maybe…maybe not. I’m not one to go the easy route on things, so I’m ok with the fact that my family sometimes rolls their eyes at my attempts to educate and inform them about my ideas on healthy eating. I think this is important information. However, perhaps I should take heed of my son’s comments and try to limit the frequency of my food rants. Although, I must give him credit for being accurate on the other point, I do kinda hate video games!