Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.



Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I don't see any of that as negative either. I think trying to avoid it completely would be more harmful than good. Making food an enemy to be feared would be a terrible thing to do! I love to bake and it makes me feel good to make homemade treats for my family. I worry sometimes about the amount of sugar my kids eat from holiday to holiday, but not about things I've made at home. I want them to remember me in the kitchen, making batches of cookies or a warm supper. Those are good memories and bring thoughts of nourishment. I agree with everything you've said here and am so thankful that I am able to feed my family in much the same way.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I know you feel the same way, and I'm sure many readers do, too--these memories we create will last our kids a lifetime, I think (and hope!).

beck's picture beck

This is so pretty and so totally perfect that I wish I'd written it, actually.
I think that problems with food are not so all-pervasive as worriers worry - and I often think that kids raised up in an atmosphere of either constant over-indulgence or constant deprivation are the one who grow up all wonky.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks, beck. And I think you're right--I agree.

gillie's picture gillie

I think creating food memories with your children does exactly the opposite of your childless friend's fears. Kids cooking in the kitchen with their parents empowers them. Kids are more likely to eat things they help to prepare. And they're more likely to cook on their own when they grow up rather than reaching for some instant gratification in a bag. Plus these kinds of memories keep food as family ritual instead of mindless eating. What's not to love?


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I agree with you 100%--I just can't imagine that acquaintance's perspective, I really can't.