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Thursday, August 18, 2011

my observations

Okay well here it goes I am about to have another little rant on the subject of parenting. Yes, I have written about this before and yet again I find myself observing something that defies belief. Now before I tell you the story I will pre-empt this by saying that I do NOT think I am the best parent in the world nor do I believe I have all the answers!!

I called past my local IGA this morning after doing the school drop off with my little M and noted a dad & mum with their little toddler sitting out in the rather chilly wind eating a morning snack - yes you guessed it - donuts with coca-cola AT 9AM!!!!!!!!!!!!

Firstly I WAS STUNNED that they were sitting outside in the freezing cold with the little boy all snuffled up with a green nose (again you can guess why - they were busy smoking away in between bites of the donuts) but to feed their darling little boy such manufactured sugar, preservative and additive filled food just had me speechless. He would have been under 2!!!! He had his own can of coke and donut. It was probably his breakfast.

I can only imagine how hyped up and ratty this boy is going to be by lunch time and his parents will probably wonder why their little son is being so naughty??!!

Okay, I do not smoke and am not out to have a go at those of you who do, BUT common sense prevails - it is icy cold out this morning and so surely sitting outside was not wise given that the boy was so obviously not well.

Then to choose such nutrient poor foods for their son just got to me. I came home really upset about it and it has me again questioning how people parent. Yes I know that everyone has different models to parent by and we all have had varied and rich experiences but this stuff is just the basics - it should be the ABC of parenting - feeding our children well and nourishing their bodies and their minds are the best gifts we can give them along with our love.

Does anyone hear me?

TK xx


  1. oh yes, i don't need to tell you that anyone can have kids...it doesn't necessarily make them decent parents.
    walking out from school today. there was a mum of 5, packing her kids up in the van, whilst smoking and with the 3 yr old holding a can of coke..coke zero (even better, artificially sweetened!!!)
    or should I tell you about the other..pregnant mum, who waits for her kids outside the school gate, why go inside the school to get your kids, smoking.

    so TK, I hear you, I don't get it, but it happens. anyone can have kids & call themselves a parent...it doesn't mean that they are any good at this job. and you know what, their parents probably did the same to them when they were younger.

    big hugs lovely, I know where you are coming from and know your pain. ♥

  2. I'm totally with you on this one Tiff, it's madness.
    A good one for you to write a poem about and read it to the group tonight!

  3. I hear you loud and clear, sister!!! I'm not sure if you guys have Walmart there, but this is exactly why I hate that store--scenes like that all over. Minus the smoking but I am sure that if they would let you smoke in a Walmart, it would be filled with smoke. If I ever have to go into a Walmart (like for Tylenol in the middle of the night for my sick kids) I see horrible images such as this and I am willing to bet that most of the babies in that store have Mountain Dew in their bottles! Hugs and love to you, my dear!

  4. That last comment was from me, Beth. For some reason it would only let me post as anonymous.


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