hen it comes to parenting, food is easily one of the top priorities. It's not optional, and even if it was, kids literally never stop snacking, so the topic of what's for lunch, dinner, etc. is bound to come up about 300 times a day.
What they're begging to eat, however, is another story entirely.
Parents do their best to feed their kids a good balance of nutritional items and some junk food here and there, but when it comes to breakfast cereal, the line between the two gets a little blurred. And, love it or hate it, Kellogg's has just decided to make reaching for its beloved Frosted Flakes a sugary judgment call.
Parenting requires us to be all things to all small people.
If you can’t say anything else about it, raising kids keeps parents busy. The minute a baby is born, moms and dads start wearing the hats of housekeeper, chauffeur, mediator, and about a thousand different things in between. Throw in diaper changes, money management, and teen angst, and we’re honestly surprised they sleep at all.
But let's face it, figuring out what to feed kids every day is 90 percent of the job.
Parenting handbooks should just throw out all the other tips and let new moms and dads know the majority of their job will be feeding their kids from sun up to sundown. Whether it’s three meals a day, or the infinite amount of snacks in between, parents are always hopping to the tune of seven little words, “I’m hungry. Is there anything to eat?”
So they do their best to find some balance in an unbalanced process.
Kids aren’t the best judge of what’s good for them, so parenting involves a lot of time invested in finding healthy meals their little ones enjoy. A balance of dairy, vegetables, proteins, and whole grains is the best plan. Cooking from scratch is always helpful, because then you know exactly what you’re getting, and the search for nutritious recipes kids will actually eat is a constant mission.
The junk food struggle is also real.
The battle for nutrition isn’t one parents win all the time. Between commercials for sugary snacks and overwhelming exhaustion that sometimes steers us into the McDonald’s drive-thru for an easy dinner, doing the ultra-healthy option for every single meal isn’t always a reality. Parents can’t be perfect all the time, so less-than-perfect snacks are also part of life.
Nowhere is the health struggle seen more readily than at breakfast.
Where lunch and dinner can be a little easier for parents to drive home the importance of eating your veggies and fruits, breakfast is tougher. And it’s easy to see why. The market for breakfast foods is saturated with Pop-Tarts, mini donuts, bagels, and last but not least, breakfast cereals.