I want my son to be happy and to live a life of meaning and integrity. I thought I lived my life with integrity- my actions in line with my beliefs- but now that I have a son watching my every move, I realize this isn't always the case, the contradictions beginning to surface like fine fractures along a sidewalk- not a problem at the moment but give it a few years and you just might trip and fall on the cracks of shifting stone.
It's not just food. [This isn't a knock on kids who watch TV but] I want him to avoid screen time for as long as possible. Granted, now that
Right now none of this is really an issue I can easily eat a brownie while handing him diced apples, eat a greasy burger while feeding him organic pizza and home-made french fries. But its all temporary- soon he's going to catch on- and chuck that home-made fry in my face.
Parenting with integrity requires constant self-examination, self-restraint and self-discipline. And none of this is easy. I love sweets. I would eat sweets for breakfast-lunch-dinner if it were socially acceptable- and this struggle to eat better is not a new one it just feels more urgent because I'm his role model. If he sees me ingesting a mountain of ice cream rivaling K-2- chances are he'll want to do the same once he can.
Little by little we're making changes. K and I have given up soda [which if you know K, is huge]. We watch 80% less TV. And- I am getting serious about curbing my sweet-tooth. I know I won't always succeed in parenting with full integrity- but I want to be able to look back and say I gave it everything I had to do so. [And if you see me eating a brownie? feel free to smack me!]
Can you relate? What challenges of 'do as I say not as I do' do you struggle with when it comes to parenting? [And- just throwing it out there- anyone successfully curb their not-great eating habits? This sugar