Ok, so let me paint you the picture – which will be all too familiar for many mums out there:
…..its school holidays, its raining, my house is damp, my kids are rearing to go…..
……so where do we head? The indoor play centre!
Now things get interesting (AKA overstimulating)…. as the kids run off in the the wilderness, I am left with my laptop, and a gazillion other mothers….all feeling the same as me no doubt.
So far, so good.
Then I get the ‘Im hungry’. Ok fair enough. Food DOES sustain life. Im just not sure if the food available here sustains life for too long….options include hot chips, dubious looking nuggets and other things that will probably see my kids growing an extra limb before we even leave the carpark.
(BTW, I haven’t mentioned any brand names here, so there is no opportunity for slander).
Then the ‘money shot’….’can I have a slushy mum? Please?! For a treat!!!”.
Now who doesn’t like a treat? I know I’m partial to one. I am also partial to seeing my kids smile and have fun. No one likes to be the ‘fun police’.
Having said that…..who decides what a ‘treat’ is, and why in gods name, when I have a strong knowledge base about how these ‘treats’ behave in the body, do I need to be emotionally blackmailed in this way?
Everyone has a ‘no-go’ and the slushy is an absolute ‘no-go’ in my world. I wanted to scream ‘look over there!’ and run in the other direction to avoid saying no, but in the end I negotiated, and let me tell you, if the UN is looking for new negotiators, they need to contact my kids.
In short, the hot chips managed to slip through the net today, as hey, everyone likes a treat……
I guess, it comes down to what boundaries you have in your family with food and health.
Do you have any?
Are you able to be a bit flexible with things?
Do you have a ‘no-go’?
I’d love to hear what you ‘no-go’ is and how you enforce this.
Stay tuned for next week, when we discuss ‘treats’, what they are, what they can mean, how we are told by the media to classify as a ‘treat’ and how we can discover our own version of the ‘treat’…
….until then, stay dry, stay sane (especially if you are in school holiday mode) and be kind to each other.