I am a grandmother to two boys, ages 1 and 3.My daughter, who is slightly overweight, feeds them foods high in sugar, i.e. donuts, pancakes with syrup, muffins, etc., for breakfast. She provides dessert after every meal.I have noticed that the boys are now requesting desserts, candy, etc., often during the day and while eating a meal. There is obesity in my family and my son-in-law’s family.Is there anything I can do/say besides providing healthier choices when I am watching them (I watch them twice a week).- Worried Grandma
Now this hit home for me with my summer charges, it also reminded me of a post I wrote: Does That F Stand for Fat or Fabulous?. I open my doors throughout the year to my nieces and nephews if they have found an opportunity that will help them grow. The issue here is I am not their parent, nor am I going to turn my life side upside down for them. I like to tell them to think of it as a test run on college; meaning if you need any extra, you’re going to pay for it out of your summer earnings. This year I had a nephew who has the worst eating habits and there have been some ugly moments of him refusing to eat what I cook. To which I have said, if you don’t like my meals you’re more than welcome to create your own with food you purchase. He knew moving in I wouldn’t change my style of cooking, which meant there would be no deep-fried foods, and junk food would be limited. However, he would have the freedom to grow food, pick out fresh vegetables, try new things, and even try his hand at cooking. He is not willingly to open his mind or adapt at 16, nor am I willingly to give in (Yes, I am a clinical social worker, but believe me the tools of the trade do not work on family. Thank you emotions!). His parents have informed me to just let him spend his own money on groceries. Do you have any solutions for us in case he returns next summer?