Strange title of this post? Wait and see for yourself. I need another outlook on sweets.
Yesterday 600 children (and their parents) going to four schools in our neighborhood began THE walking event of the year. For four days in a row we walk 5 kilometers per evening. Sounds like fun right? At least that is what I thought when I heard of the happening.
Guess what? It is not about walking and sweat at all. It is about eating sweets. Most kids upon arrival carry something that looks like an ice cream. It is not. When I looked closer it is a lemon cut in half with 4 peppermints on top of it and then enwrapped in a handkerchief. They “eat” the lemon like this.
If it would have stopped there, you would not have heard me make one remark. But no way. Many kids carry a plastic bag or a tin or even a huger amount of sweets. And they get to eat all of it too!! Horrible sweet stuff and this for one hour and a half. I was appalled.
I still am. All these children are addicted to sweets. Like their parents are addicts to their cell phone, I saw a couple of them walk with the thing attached to the ear during the whole walk.
It makes me angry about what parents give their children to eat. And then complain that the kids eating habits go down the drain. I know I cannot change their behavior. I know I would like for my kids to make healthy choices. Where do I begin when so many kids get to eat the sweats?
Another two nights to walk. How can I change this perception? Yes letting go of my beliefs of healthy food and healthy sweets. Not to worry about it. The look on my daughters face tells me that she would love to do the same.
But then again would you give your kid a bag full of sweets? How to handle with the pressure of their friends? I would rather smell sweat then all this sweet stuff.