I have friends who know that I'm not above feeding my boys a hot dog on occasion or taking them out for a hot fudge sundae or even buying them a candy bar on occasion at the grocery store check out line (better than buying a large bag of candy bars). As a parent I want my children to overall have an appreciation for the different types of whole foods available to us and how those foods help our bodies stay in good health. What I don't want for my children: To ever have to 'diet' a day in their life time. To be obese.
There are times my boys will ask for candy or junk food and the answer is no many times and they ask me why. I explain to them why that particular food is bad for our bodies and once in a great while it may be ok but not several times a week or even every week. I then redirect them to help me find a healthier option. The foods (some/ a lot of it junk food) that my boys (ages 6 and 3) love in general are: hummus, chips, gum, hard candy, gummy bears, ice cream, donuts and swedish fish. But they also enjoy a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, fish, meats etc.... I find that my 6 year old will ask me about a food he's curious about and wants to know if it's good for our body (tofu for example - he loves sesame tofu). Do they like everything I give them? No :-) But I continue to serve veggies and new foods at meal time. Variety is key!
I am proud of my boys and I think what I'm teaching them is working.
My six year old wrote me this poem in school: