Those that know me will know I have always been a bit rebellious. Not for any reason. I just didn’t like doing as I was told or what was expected of me. A rebel without a cause!
These days I still like doing my own thing. Not following the crowd. Not following the latest trends.
Kit is the same and I guess it’s rubbed off on our children too.
And as for commercialism… Grrrr!
The constant bombardment on what we should be buying, wearing, watching, listening and… EATING!
I am very proud of my Kids. They are not constantly demanding we buy them this, that and the other. One Direction? You’ll not hear any of that in our house!
Sure they like their Vans and Converse shoes but at least they are a little alternative.
As for food, well to put it simply… they love it… all of it. They will eat absolutely everything!
However suggest(jokingly) to them that we go for a McDonalds or KFC and we get a resounding NOOOOOO!
We have explained to our children how fast food is made and the type of ingredients that go into it. They have even watched ‘Supersize Me’, they loved it and even demanded to watch it again and again. It really put them off McDonalds.
The thing is, are we depriving our children? They have home-cooked food on a daily basis. Plenty of fruit. Plenty of vegetables and salad. They have sweet treats occasionally and the odd bag of crisps now and again. If they are hankering for something between meals they usually help themselves from the fruit bowl.
No they don’t eat from fast food establishments but they have freshly made pizza, home-made burgers, kebabs and even Southern style coated chicken. Not to mention the curries complete with pilau rice, popadums, chapattis and Nan bread.
And can they eat! They absolutely love their food. Sometimes they haven’t even finished breakfast before they’re asking “What’s for tea?”
Deprived? I don’t think so!
They are outside a lot too. On scooters, bikes or just larking about. They walk to and from school every day. It’s not far but it all helps. Then there’s the swimming at the weekend and more recently a bit of a run on Saturday mornings (yeah! That one’s killing me!). Yes. They get plenty of exercise.
The thing is, they are a healthy weight, even skinny by todays standards. They look like me when I was younger (Yes I was skinny once!).
So when did not eating a proper balanced diet of home-cooked food and not getting plenty of exercise as a child become the norm?
Well I’m still a rebel because I don’t want myself or any of our family to be normal if that’s what being normal consists of these days.
Maybe now I’m a rebel with a cause!