Kids & FOOD

I noticed a cute little toddler boy at the beach with his mom last week.  They were playing in the sand, running around and splashing in the water and having a lot of fun, it appeared.  Then, the mom decided it was time to eat.  

The boy didn't want to eat and had a bit of a tantrum until his mom began placating him… with food.

Actually, it wasn't really FOOD, per se, it was stuff that I tend to call 'not food', or 'pretend food'.

She bundled him up in a towel, plopped him on their beach blanket and processed to administer:

  • a bottle of bright red PowerAde (the ingredients of which are: water, high fructose corn syrupmaltodextrin (glucose polymers), citric acid, salt, potassium citrate, modified food starch, potassium phosphate, natural flavors, glycerol ester of wood rosin, guar gum, niacinamide (B3), coconut oil, brominated vegetable oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride (B6), Cyanocobalamin (B12).)
  • and those darned Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers (plain variety ingredients: Made with Smiles and Unbleached Enriched Wheat Flour [Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Folic Acid], Vegetable Oils (Canola, Sunflower and/or Soybean), Nonfat Milk (Adds a Trivial Amount of Cholesterol), Salt, Contains 2 Percent or Less of: Yeast, Leavening (Ammonium Bicarbonate, Baking Soda, Monocalcium Phosphate), Sugar, Spices and Onion Powder.)

That poor little boy.  OK, I get it; the mom didn't want her kid to go hungry BUT:

  1. shouldn't she have first waited for him to tell her when he naturally felt the urge to eat


            2. at that point, shouldn't she  have given him some food?

Even for moms who may not be into being Paleo, how are those options good things to give your little ones?  Is the mere fact that they are 'easy' really a good enough reason to tell your kids to put them into their little healthy (for now) bodies?