One mom’s war against cupcakesJune 18, 2009 at 8:59 PM | Posted in cupcakes | 27 Comments
MeMe Roth (pictured above) says she is fighting a crusade. A crusade against cupcakes, donuts, cake, ice cream, cookies and other “junk food” in her fight against child obesity.
“Show me an American that knows what ‘moderation’ means,” Roth said.
Ooohh me! Pick me. Over here. I know what moderation means.
I’m not a parent so take what I say with a grain of salt.
I get where she’s coming from. No really. I do. Her family has a history of obesity and she’s trying to do what every good parent wants to do. Protect her children from making the same mistakes. Her message is admirable but her method is questionable. You know that saying? You can catch more flies with honey…” Apparently she isn’t into sweets even in her actions either.
Giving your child a tupperware “junk collector” and telling them not to eat any sweets at school but rather bring them home to discuss with her before they eat it doesn’t work for me. I won’t lie and tell you that I weigh 100lbs and eat carrots sticks instead of cupcakes but I can tell you from experience that overzealous restrictions don’t work. I feel they have the opposite affect. Haven’t you ever been told you can’t have something and it makes you want it more? Chalk it up to human nature. The first chance you get, you’ll give into your temptation. I know I have. (But that’s a post for another day and time.)
Let me tell you a story. I knew a girl in high school that was so sheltered by her parents that she wasn’t prepared for the real world. She got to college, with boys and booze, no parental control or limitations and went wild. Last I heard she flunked out her first year. The End.
I won’t deny the fact that child obesity is on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over the past three decades the childhood obesity rate has more than doubled for preschool children aged 2-5 years and adolescents aged 12-19 years. It has more than tripled for children aged 6-11 years.
But let’s forget the restrictive, rude, loud and crude approach. What about some education? Some personal responsibility to ourselves and our kids? What about teaching 3 simple words, “No thank you”? What about a balance between broccoli and Snickers? What about exercising *WITH* our kids? What about guiding our kids to make good choices? Not making the choices *FOR* them like a dictator.
Like I said. I’m not a parent. What do I know?
Hmmm… All this ranting makes me hungry for a cupcake. “Mother, May I?”
* Special thanks to Dawn, Tania and Anna for letting me post their Twitter replies.
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