When I was a kid I swore that when I became a parent I would let my kids eat anything that I brought into the house. I would not have foods that were off limits or “mom and dad food”. I used to get so frustrated when I would see a fridge full of yogurt and was told, “the yogurt is off limits! I found two half eaten cups of it that were wasted yesterday”…or, “No. You can’t have one of the Lean Cuisine frozen dinners. They are for us because we are on a diet…unless you want to be on a diet too!” Oh how I wanted to eat light frozen dinners instead chicken, potatoes, and ice cream.
I think I have been in denial, but I have totally become my parents and then some. I realized I have taken it a step further as my three year old brought me an expensive box of Godiva chocolates that a friend had given me and asked if she could have a piece. Knowing that there was plenty of inexpensive chocolate around the house that she would enjoy just as much I heard myself reply, “no honey, that is diet (kid interpretation: yucky) chocolate for mom and dad. I will get you some kid chocolate.”