Do you have any fruits on your table/refrigerator? Are your cupboards filled with potato chips, cookies, candies, popcorn, etc.? Are you giving in to your child's request for fast food/takeout rather than cooning a nutritious meal.
Their future depends heavily on their present - you want the best for them - including their health. Can we blame the fast food restaurants? I would say no. The businesses are taking care of what they do - business. It's time for us as parents to take care of what we are parenting.
How easy it is to give into our children.
I am a mother and let me tell you its very very easy. We all lead busy lives and get tired with the constant rat race.Antthing at times just for a quiet life.I bet every mother recognises that.
If a young child develops a pattern of acting out because it works for him—it gives him power and gets him what he wa nts.Oh my god and then when the tantrum happens in public, you feels embarrassed, humiliated, and ashamed. When it happens in private, you feel stuck in this negative cycle with your child: they're alone in the house and your child is screaming and yelling and kicking.What do we do then? YES we are human and we give in.
I call it blackmail.Total blackmail.
I believe it is important to realize that if your child is using inappropriate behavior to get his way, it's not a phase that will magically stop when he turns ten or twelve or even fifteen. That pattern of behavior may continue on through adolescence and into young adulthood.
Solution: Don't give in to pester power ever – first explain to your child why, in the long run, it is better if you do not buy the product for him or her.
Children, especially very young children, are not aware of junk food's negative effects on the body. I feel we bring on alot of this blackmail ourselves.
Hearing a child whine or nag is never fun, but giving in to pestering is actually counterproductive, as rewarded pestering will only lead to more pestering.