Warning! I’m stepping up on my soap box!
My friend Jeni at Jeni Eats recently wrote a post about being a food snob! A food snob, I am not!! (She isn’t either by the way and you can read more about that HERE) but she brings up a very important item of business that I felt so strongly about that I decided to write a post myself…well, to be honest I was commenting on her post and when I looked up after typing with a fury I had written a LARGE paragraph and thought, “someone else’s blog is not the place for my soap box!” So, here I am asking you, “Are you the food police?” “Do you have a license to judge me for what I eat and what I feed my family?” It seems that in today’s world so many people have strayed into a world of being Judgy McJudgerson! If you don’t agree with me (be it politics, religion, food choices, etc) then you’re wrong and a horrible person. Whether you are Christian, Jewish, atheist, Republican, Democrat, pro-GMO, non-GMO, vegan, pro-red meat, organic, pro-processed foods it isn’t your place to judge others who may be different than yourself. Can you disagree with them? Absolutely! Do you have to belittle them in the process and push their noses into your beliefs/positions until they give in? Absolutely not!
As a person raising kids in today’s world there are so many choices we make (smartphone vs. basic phone, whole/organic foods vs. processed foods, video games vs. playing outside, raising them in a church vs. not) that it becomes very overwhelming at times. Lately though there have been a variety of people in my life (close friends and family as well as acquaintances) who have said and done things, made comments, etc. that have made me feel like a TERRIBLE parent! They’ve made me feel this way all by judging me and what foods I feed myself, T, and my step-sons.
What do my boys eat? They eat pizza rolls, hot pockets, & frozen pizzas. They love my homemade (yes, from scratch..my moms recipe) spaghetti sauce & meatloaf served with garden grown green beans that I froze myself. They love chips & dip, candy, brownies and ice cream. They eat only farm fresh eggs (and by that I mean produced on my dad’s farm from one of his lovely 15 hens), they eat beef that has only been purchased directly from a farmer we know personally and know how they care for their animals, and they eat chicken that was also grown on my dad’s farm. They eat chocolate Pop-Tarts for breakfast and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on white bread (that I bought at the grocery store) for lunch. They love mashed potatoes made with potatoes from either ours or my dad’s garden and all corn eaten in our house was raised on a farm and frozen by hand by yours truly (T helps with this). They drink milk and Powerade, no soda at our house. So, what do my boys eat? Essentially everything…all types, kinds, versions of food! And guess what? They are healthy, happy, growing-like-weeds boys! They haven’t lost a limb, they haven’t developed a 3rd eye, and aren’t suffering from malnutrition.
What I know is that I’m teaching them moderation and variety. Try new foods, stick to things you like. Eat vegetables and fruit, but enjoy your Velveeta! Life in general, is all about balance just as much as our food choices!
Raising kids is hard enough without having to worry about what others think about the food choices for my family! Be kind to one another! Don’t judge! Instead, support one another and provide encouragement to each other! Because I don’t know about you, but figuring this thing called life and parenting out…well, it’s just all Learning As I Go!
Steps down off soap box!