Whenever my family and I go to a restaurant, there is always The Kids Menu, which is made up of hamburgers, chicken nuggets, grilled cheese and french fries. I get it, kids love to eat that stuff, as do adults sometimes, which makes complete sense if you are dining out at Friendly’s or your local burger joint. However, if you go out to an ethnic restaurant, don’t you think the Kids Menu should have similar dishes as the adult menu, in just smaller portions instead of being restricted to typical American fare? It makes me so angry when I see hamburgers listed on an Asian kids menu!
Is it that difficult to believe that kids can enjoy other types of food besides macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese, chicken nuggets and hot dogs? They can, we just have to let them explore food as we let them explore the rest of their world, from sports to music to the books they read and the toys they play with! Food is beautiful! We are so lucky here in America to be surrounded by so many nutritious and delicious varieties of food. Why limit ourselves or our beautiful children to just macaroni and cheese?
One of the most important things that I have learned about being a mom, is to always protect my children and this doesn’t just mean to protect them against bullies or helping them cross the street safely. It’s more than that. I vowed to protect their well being, emotionally, physically and mentally. This means, I have to help them make sound, smart decisions about the food they eat, the activities they participate in, the friends they associate with and the time they spend learning and growing.
Our children are miracles, they are our little creations and they should be well-nourished mentally and physically. It’s important to teach them about what’s right and wrong and about what they are putting into their little, growing bodies. This is their fuel, their mind and body use what they eat to help them grow into strong, healthy, motivated, smart adults one day.
It isn’t easy being a parent, all of the decisions we make in our lives will touch their lives, so it’s important to try our very best to make the best possible decisions we can. Besides, the more we learn about the world around us, the more we will grow mentally, emotionally and physically and this will keep our minds and bodies growing healthy and strong, which means more years here on earth to enjoy with our beautiful, healthy children.