Have you ever noticed that you treat your kids different because YOU have issues with weight? Let me explain. My kids hardly ever drink regular soda, we limit snacking, and they have to eat all of their vegatables. At home they drink water, crystal light, and 1% milk usually with dinner. If they want a snack it's usually fruit or yogurt. During dinner time they know they can't leave the table until all the veggies are eaten from their plates. I'm not overly concerned about the main course if they are full.
Today we went to eat Mexican food for lunch. There was a family sitting next to us with a little boy who had several glasses of Dr. Pepper. The kids know that they can only order diet soda, water, or tea and have one refill throughout a meal. Now I'm not saying that I'm better than anyone else (like this family mentioned), but it really made me think.
Am I stunting their childhood by limiting their choices? Should I just allow them to be kids and let them drink and eat whatever they want? I'm trying to teach them a healthy lifestyle because I don't want them to be the fat kid, but am I hurting them in the long run?