So i have something important to say. Maybe not important to you but it is to me and other parents in my position.
Im sure you've seen a parent at some point feeding their child something you disagree with. Maybe cordial, chicken nuggets, chips, icecream, cake or custard. Perhaps this child appeared young, maybe 6-12 months old?
It could have been me.
My Ds has failure to thrive and a texture aversion. The list of foods recommended by the patrician, speech therapist and pediatrician include cake, cheese, cream, high calorie foods, chocolate, icecream, cheetos, deep fried foods, and biscuits.
You'll see me feeding him macdonalds chips, yogurt or custard with every meal and packet chips. Of course he still has fruit and vege!
Its not just limited to these foods. You'd also either laugh or think of me as odd when you see me chase him around the house spooning food into him as he plays.
You see not only does Ds not like lumpy food but he also is incredibly active and the thought of having to sit in a high chair while he chew his food is terrible to him. He doesn't eat much because he simply doesn't like sitting still, eating or food. Only a small problem right?!
You know what tops all this off? He's just turned 1 and is the size of a 6-9 month old. People don't guess his age to be 12 months. So when they see him eating all this "crap" food it adds fuel to the fire. They think they're seeing a 6-9 month old baby being fed hot chips.
It goes the other way too. Well meaning family and friends think the idea is to give him a duet full of oily and sugary foods and attempt to help by trying to shovel lollies down his throat. Or lecture me on teaching him to eat what he's given.
So, i guess my point is this...
I've had about a thousand (ok that's a small exaggeration) doctors appointment in the last six months. I've had to travel to another hospital to stay a few nights so Ds can be observed. I've been to the emergency department a lot -Ds has been sick almost constantly- and many sleepless nights. Im run ragged from chasing my little ball of energy. And Im bloody tired. The last thing i need is THOSE looks. The ones that say "ugh, i can't believe she's feeding that to her child".
So next time, just smile politely and open your mind when you see a parent feeding their kids junk foods, it might be me.
OOOHHH... INTERNET FIGHT. WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO? CAPS LOCK ME TOO DEATH?
(Noddy's not fat ffs!)