Last week I took both kids to get their annual physicals. Ashley needed her 11 year old shots – which surprisingly went well – compared to last month when she literally screamed and jumped off the table right before they stuck her!
During the “questions” part of the physical, the conversation went a little like this:
Doctor: Colton, do you eat breakfast?
Doctor: What do you eat?
Colton: I eat Pop Tarts or pumpkin pie (which only happened once!!!) or donuts.
I must have turned five shades of red, avoided eye contact with the doctor and felt like the worst mother in the world. In reality, yeah, he does occasionally eat Pop Tarts, and he gets a special donut on Sunday mornings, but typically he eats an apple, or grapes and in the summer he’ll eat melon. Of course he failed to mention that during the discussion.
Doctor: Colton, that’s not a very healthy way to start your day. Maybe you should try eating some fruit or yogurt.
Colton: Uhmmm, I don’t know.
Doctor: What do you eat for dinner?
Colton: Hot Dogs, Spaghetti, Chicken Sandwiches, Pizza and ummmm….
Doctor: What about vegetables, do you eat any kinds of vegetables?
Colton: Carrots, tomatoes, apples, oranges
Doctor: Oh good, you actually eat some good things, not just junk.
Hey a-hole doctor, I’m sitting right here. The boy is not overweight and his teeth are not rotting, so he’s obviously not just eating junk. But yeah – overall – he is a picky eater and would live on junk if I let him.
Doctor: Ashley, what about you? Do you eat breakfast?
Me: Ashley – yes you do! I make you eat something every day – lately you been eating grapes or an apple.
Doctor: What about oatmeal? Or yogurt?
Ashley: No, that’s gross.
Doctor: Have you ever tried it?
Ashley: Kind of, when I was little, but I didn’t like it.
Me: Ashley – yes you did. You used to eat yogurt and oatmeal and you liked it!
Ashley: Really? I don’t remember.
Doctor: Well both of you need to do me a favor. Did you know that you have to try something 15 times before you can say you don’t like it?
Kids: No way.
Doctor: So for now on, when mom puts something on your plates, you have to at least try it, and you have to try it 15 times. Okay?
Colton: I don’t know.
Doctor: Just “try” it.
Doctor: What do you drink?
Ashley: Chocolate milk and pop
Colton: OJ and pop
Me: No way.
Doctor: Why not diet mom?
Me: Because they are kids, and kids shouldn’t drink diet pop. The artificial sweeteners are bad for them.
Doctor: But sugar isn’t? What’s worse for them mom, artificial sweeteners or being obese?
Me: Well, they aren’t obese, but I didn’t know it was safe to give it to them.
Doctor: Yeah, I would never let me kids drink regular pop. They should be drinking water, but if that doesn’t fly, you should give them diet pop or Crystal Light.
Me: Wow, okay.
Leaving that office I felt like the worse mom ever. Not only do my kids have the worst eating habits, I am contributing to their problem by allowing them to drink one glass of pop a day. I truly only let them have one glass, but obviously one glass is too much.
Now am I the only moron mom out there that thought diet pop wasn’t for kids? I mean, Ashley has a friend who always drinks diet pop, and I always think WTF is wrong with her parents? LOL
Fast forward a week. Colton has now “tried” meatloaf (and he still hates it), salmon (he spit it out), has drank more water, still wants Pop Tarts for breakfast and continues to eat pumpkin pie (which grandma bought him – but not for breakfast – just dessert), still asks for pop.
Ashley has “tried” salmon (hates it), continued to eat grapes for breakfast, ate two pieces of meatloaf (it’s her favorite) and steals my Sobe zero calorie waters in lieu of pop.
So I guess it’s progress. Little by little.
I still have a hard time convincing myself they can have diet pop. Hoping someone can enlighten me. Am I crazy? What is your stance on pop? Diet pop to kids a go or a no?