When I walked in, I saw a couple of families at table, with a box of munchins on the table and soft drinks. The mothers were at one end, and the kids at the other. My line was long, so now I become an observer.
The moms were sipping away at their coffee, while the kids were doing their thing at their end. The children were between 3-7 years old. They were just popping away those munchins over and over, inhaling more than I ever could. One kids even had a bag of chips he kept reaching at from his mothers bag. All the kids had some sugary soft drink.
As my line slowly moved up, I got closer to their table. Another child was dipping their candy into some sugary juice, then sucking on the candy. One of the older children was opening a sugar packet, then swallowing some of its contents. Meanwhile, the moms were oblivious to all this.
Now, this is just my observation, and not my opinion…..but it goes back to two things that may help children eat more nutritiously – - Moderation and Supervision.
I always start to wonder when a bad habit will start for a child, and what a defining moment could be? Is it possible that this trip to Dunkin Donuts will define a child’s health habit for their life? Probably not! But, I would guess, if it happened over and over again, it could be the start of this ‘defining moment.’
Finally, got my tea, paid and headed out. As I was walking out, I overheard one of the smaller kids say to the mom, “I belly hurts.”
Well, again, just an observation to start my day. Hope everyone is enjoying their summer.