I hope to be a dad some day. One thing that I have given some thought is that I myself have never had a good relationship with neither food nor treats. It’s been an unhealthy relationship in every way possible throughout my life and that’s not something I want for my future kids.
It’d be very interesting to read how some of you, as parents, approach this topic with your kids and their upbringing. Or, if you don’t have kids but believe some of the experiences you had as a kid was formative I welcome you to share that as well.
I, for one, believe that my family made a mistake in combining three “habits” which was that eating was always encouraged to go to the point of stuffed, rather than satisfied + it was not okay to not finish your plate + restricting sweets and treats to the weekend made it difficult for me to navigate what eating enough actually meant as I’d routinely eat far beyond comfort (like, when you go for seconds but then get full but the plate has to be finished thereby conditioning me to ignore the fullness signal) and binging heavily on unhealthy items come the weekend fueled how I came to be fat.
I want to raise kids that can navigate life somewhat with ease. That they’ll possess some level of fitness, but also not succumb to the asceticism I myself have exhibited at times. Therefore, I think about how to not make the same mistakes while also being cognizant to not make the opposite mistake.
But anything parenting related is welcome in this thread. It doesn’t have to stay relevant to diet/exercise.