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Somebody got the flu…

 

I have never seen this kid so miserable. Yesterday I got him ready for school thinking he was feeling better and then he sat down and pretty much stayed like this the rest of the day. He slept more that day then he has ever slept in one day in his ENTIRE life. No joke. He is not fond of sleeping and normally if you mention the word nap he yells “I HATE NAPS!” This week he has been requesting naps. So what do you do with your kids when they are that miserable? I try to read books, we did a craft, but for the most part we have been watching a lot of cartoons. That is the only time he isn’t moaning about his misery. And then what do you do with kid number 2 who doesn’t have the flu? Tell her to close her eyes??? Luckily with all of the napping he really wasn’t staring at a screen all day. So yeah, cartoons. These days its pretty easy to watch cartoons without having to watch all the commercials for crap. I’ve gotten pretty good at avoiding them. So I thought! Turns out that when you watch a cartoon onDemand with our cable service they still interrupt your show with commercials for crap. And after the second show, probably the 2nd or 3rd time this commercial aired, this happened:

In case you didn’t hear that right, my 3 year old told me that she wants Fruity Pebbles, a cereal she admits she has never had, but is her “favorite” and the reason she needs it is because it is “part of a complete breakfast” holy hell, my daughter has been brainwashed!

so then we had THE TALK

What the heck is part of a complete breakfast? and why does Mom hate cereal so much? First off, I love cereal. But every time I eat cereal I am starving less than an hour later. Not just a little hungry but STARVING. Sugar crashes, and food dye, and unpronounceable ingredients. Ahh! Yes there are good cereals out there, but we are talking about the junk food that is marketed to our kids that is basically a lie. It is kinda hard to explain to kids why things that taste so good are not part of a complete breakfast. So we focused on what we normally eat for breakfast and why they are so much better. Oatmeal with fresh berries, eggs with black beans and turkey sausage, homemade breakfast bars with greek yogurt smoothies. Things that fill you up and make you feel good and give you long lasting energy so you can have a good day, not an I’m tired and starving and cranky kind of day. We talked about protein and good carbs and low sugar options. Yes, we really did. Maybe they don’t fully comprehend it now, but if they keep hearing that they need protein to start their day over and over again, one day it might sink in. If my daughter can watch a commercial 3 times and declare that Fruity Pebbles are her favorite food even though she has never tried them, then I bet by next year she will be telling me that she needs more omega-3 fatty acids in her dinner.

We are a little off right now because last night she told me her pee was clear because she had lots of protein that day! but its a start…

I don’t know, maybe I’m just ranting, maybe we should throw the tv out the window if I don’t want my kids exposed to commercials, maybe I’m too controlling, but it just gets to me that kids are being targeted and fed false information. Don’t they deserve better?

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