A little bit of both is health, IMO...

My Toddler Knows About Dunkin’ Donuts (And Other Non-Atrocities)

A little bit of both is health, IMO...
A little bit of both is health, IMO…

Every day I’m convinced I’m going to give my 16 month old an eating disorder.

Which is stupid, really, because it’s not just one thing that causes one – but the fact that I’m recovered from one ups the ante a little bit.

Let me give you an example:

Every week, my daughter has her play group and like one week out of the month we stop to get Dunkin’ Donuts right before (me: iced french vanilla with cream, you know it, and her: one or two munchkins ((crazy baby doesn’t seem to care either way for them.  WHAT??))  This morning, as I narrated her life, as I do maniacally every day, I said absentmindedly, “So we’ll get in the car and we’ll stop at Dunkin Donuts.”

She halted.  Her head swiveled and her eyes lit up.

I guess she cared more about those sprinkles-encrusted balls of goodness than I previously thought.

And my head went into a mindspin.  Is this why she’s in the 90th percentile?  She’s going to get bombarded by obesity comments at the doctor’s in a couple of years.  I’m so bad for giving her sugar, at all?  I’m going to parent hell!  I might as well be Honey Boo Boo’s mom!  I might as well set up camp at McDonald’s.  I’m ruining my daughter’s future!!!!!!

And then I stop, take a pretend Xanax, and reality-check myself.

First, I try to remember my therapist’s words (“It’d be pretty hard to force food to a baby, Amanda”).  Then, I remember that I feed my baby quinoa on a regular basis.

(You should have seen it when I tried to explain what it was to my mother.  She kept going, Kinney?  Quinna?  Finally I had to tell her to remember Joaquin Phoenix but backwards.)

(Some might even call me a “Quinoa Mom” – horrors)

And I mix spinach into her sweet potato so my fruit-lover will get some much-needed vegetables as well.  And I buy those overpriced organic pouches so she’ll eat SOMETHING nutritious on a day when all she wants is cheese in 1/2 inch squares only.  And, I don’t keep juice in the house.   And over my dead body will she have soda.

I think my downfall is comparing myself to those gluten-free-paleo-vegan-vegetarian-GMO free mothers who don’t let a drop of sugar pass into their kids’ sacred bodies.  But that’s kind of redonk, because a.  I’m never going to be that kind of mother and b.  I don’t, personally, think that’s healthy.  Do I think kids should snack on Happy Meals regularly?  No way.  But do I think they should enjoy the occasional bowl of ice cream that you can get messy in and smash all over your face?  Absolutely.  That’s part of being a kid.

And lastly, I try to remember the work I did on myself that brought me to the place where I don’t attach moral value to food, and the valuable lesson I will pass on to her.

So, I think I’m doing ok.  In spite of the neuroticism.

10 thoughts on “My Toddler Knows About Dunkin’ Donuts (And Other Non-Atrocities)

  1. I always tell my kids, we make healthy food choices so we can also sometimes have the junk. They know the difference, and I hope they all grow up to have a healthy attitude towards food. They mostly turn up their noses at fast food (making family car trips difficult at times, because sometimes that’s all that’s available) but it’s my fault for raising mini-food snobs. That being said, they have never ever turned down Dunkin Donuts. Dunkin Donuts rocks! (Try the iced coffee. Life changing, I tell ya.)

    1. That’s such an accomplishment that they don’t know McDonald’s, that’s my goal too. And yes, DD’s iced coffee has saved my life before. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I laughed my way through this post. I think you’re doing a great job with the quinoa and the spinach and the organic pouches. After all, if we healthy living blogs believe in everything in moderation, why should that stop with our kids?

  3. Yup, I feel you. We live RIGHT BY a Dunkin and my son asks for donuts on pretty much a daily basis. If we keep him down to once a week I’m feeling proud of myself. At least he asks for “leaves” (aka spinach) for dinner.

  4. You are doing great! My littles love Dunkin Donuts – a little is ok so that they learn balance! It’s all good 🙂 Great post!

  5. I love munchkins. LOVE. And no one gave them to me as a baby, you know? That *one* detail is not going to make or break your little girl. You know this already. I don’t need to preach to the choir. 🙂 But I think that being so self-aware is going to serve you well. It’s the oblivious parents who are going to have a problem some day (with something).

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