Most times when I blog, I have a point. Either I'm asking for advice, or bitching about something. Maybe I'm relaying a story that I hope can get you guys thinking and us debating. Sometimes I just need to vent and get something off my chest.
Today, I'm not sure of my point. But I saw something on Friday that I can't stop thinking about.
We went to the amusement park on the Toronto Islands. It was awesome until I got pooped on by a bird AGAIN. Before we left, we went to get ice cream for the kids. Behind us was a girl, I'd say she was ten. She was finishing off an ice cream from a truck and standing in line ordering a second hard ice cream. She was wearing a shirt that said, "I'm in shape. Round is a shape."
It's bothering me. I feel badly for this girl. She was big. She did not buy that shirt for herself, nor, I'm guessing, did she have the pocket cash for the two ice creams. Why are her parents enabling this? Isn't it hard enough to be a teenage girl?
Here's where I get a bit lost in my own thoughts. I don't think that all girls should be the size zero, short-short wearing teens that I see every where. I don't. I wasn't. I think we should encourage our kids to love their bodies. But the other part of me says, no. As long as I'm Will's parent and in charge of food, money and clothing decisions, then it's on me. We will eat as healthy as possible and I'll encourage him to stay in shape. To me, by enabling their daughter and saying, at ten, that it's okay to be overweight, aren't they setting her up for a life time of struggle with this?
Yesterday we went to Wonderland. We sat next to a family who were having cheeseburgers and fries. Totally cool - so were we. But then the mom went up to get the second round of cheeseburgers?! This is what I mean. No ten year old needs two cheeseburgers. Why is this mom encouraging the overeating? Isn't this our job to raise healthy kids?
In my mind, Nathan in this video, his parents were likely enabling him until he decided to take back himself and get healthy.
Writing this down has cleared it up a bit for me. I do think it's our job to help our kids get and stay on a path to healthier living. That shirt. It's the shirt that's bothering me still though.