Thursday, May 17, 2007
There is nothing more satisfying as a child than a huge helping of sugar. It has become a sort of drug for our nation. Something we rely on, something I find myself completely dependant on and my consumption of such additives is directly related to the readout on my stress-o-meter. If I have pulled the baby out of the dishwasher, that earns me a healthy serving of chocolate! If my daughter has been sticking to me like velcro all afternoon, then it is Starbursts (and lots of them) on the menu! If my oldest son decides to have a major meltdown over not getting his art project exactly right, then watch out stomach, here comes the ice cream! And, should all of these stressors happen simultaneously, there is a HUGE Chocolate Starburst Sundae in my near future. Then of course, there is the gurgling and growling and the desperate need for Rolaids...wow, that was worth it? Or was it? I am pretty certain I am not the only mom who handles stress this way. I may be the only one who would consider Starbursts on a sundae but I am sure during moments of weakness many moms turn to the pantry for some sugary pleasures. It is through this ebb and flow of my day that I stop and think.... No wonder the children of our nation have such bad habits. Eating and otherwise. Let's get back to the basics. Talk about our feelings. Take up a hobby. Making some minor changes will keep us around longer, whether our kids WANT us around or not. What we do to our bodies directly reflects our future....our children. Think about it.