We've finally had some hot days here in Portland! Well, 86 degrees counts as hot for us. Last weekend, after a morning in the sun picking strawberries, we all sat down in the shade with something cold to drink. Erik drank an orange soda, Kellan had lemonade, and I had water. I don't know if it's a maternal thing, but I always feel like I have to be a good example.
I'm not going to give Erik a hard time for drinking an occasional soft drink, but I do think I have to make up for it by being the one making the healthy choice. It's not like I don't like sweets. I just indulge when Kellan is asleep or not around. I keep chocolate hidden and when we bake cookies, I put half the dough in the freezer so we don't have too many cookies in the pantry.
Childhood obesity is a real and growing problem. According to the CDC the number of obese children has tripled in the past 30 years. However, in my effort to teach my son how to eat a balanced diet, I wonder if I'm going overboard. If we're doing everything else right - eating mostly healthy meals, staying active and limiting TV time - should I cut myself some slack? Maybe I don't need to hide the chocolate. What do you do in your house?