I’m a father of twin boys who are almost four years old. I’m a competitive bodybuilder, and take my diet and training seriously. However, when it comes to other people, I try not to judge nor become too stringent with our kids.
Last night my wife mentioned that our neighbors kids are “growing like weeds” and implied that since we don’t feed our twins juice or lots of junk food, that our kids might not be growing as fast as they should. I became defensive, which I later apologized for.
I bring my kids to Burger King, feed them chicken nuggets and I am fairly loose on their diets. I believe their kids and they “micro managing” their diet will only cause them to backlash. So you’re probably thinking, what’s the deal then? I do emphasize healthy snacks for them, including avoid high frutose sugary snacks, limiting candy and the like. She may feel that this is too much. She also mentioned that she feels our twins might not be eating as much as they should, since the snacks are more on the healthy side. I said our twins eat well, when they are hungry! Genetics also play a role on how big they are.
My answer to her last night was what are the neighbors kids eating? She mentioned they were eating soup with Ramon noodles (which we eat at home). This is no different than us.
I’d love to hear your thoughts, especially from those parents out there.