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Am I over-thinking this? Toy food.

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Created June 13, 2011 at 11:09 PM

My 3 year old has a kitchenette set with all sorts of play food. I can't help but feel that if I remove the junk foods and bread products from her toy foods, through play she will learn to make healthy food choices. Then a part of me turns around and calls myself crazy. I could go on about the argument in my head, but I won't. Would you take these toys away?

It got me thinking: I could make wooden paleo friendly foods. Very few of these sets come with steaks or bacon.

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

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on July 30, 2011
at 11:15 PM

Teaching our children how to care for dolls is exactly preparing them for babies. Maybe not now, but later. When my daughter read a book about donuts, she asked for some. If food is bad for me, why would it help my body? By drinking milk, I immediately get severe stomach pain followed by an urgent trip to the bathroom. Is milk then still needed by my body, if it expels it so quickly? Janet, I recommend you familiarize yourself with Paleo before you comment next time. Paleo can save your life, one steak at a time.

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on July 29, 2011
at 10:16 PM

downvoted for incomprehensibility, and all the brain cells I lost trying to decipher this person's grammar.

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on July 29, 2011
at 10:02 PM

I've seen felt play food. It wouldn't be quite as durable as wood, but it would be a lot easier to make. I've been watching how my 2 year old responds to food "propaganda" and he does seem to be developing patterns of what is and isn't food. Even though we don't watch stuff with food commercials a lot of shows talk about "healthy" snacks. If we're watching something with crackers, he wants crackers. If we're watching something like Dinosaur Train he wants fish, meat, or leaves. It sinks in. If bread isn't food at your house, it would probably make sense to take it out of a "food" set.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on July 29, 2011
at 10:01 PM

I've seen felt play food. It wouldn't be quite as durable as wood, but it would be a lot easier to make. I've bee watching how my 2 year old responds to food "propaganda" and he does seem to be developing patterns of what is and isn't food. Even though we don't watch stuff with food commercials a lot of shows talk about "healthy" snacks. If we're watching something with crackers, he wants crackers. If we're watching something like Dinosaur Train he wants fish, meat, or leaves. It sinks in. If bread isn't food at your house, it would probably make sense to take it out of a "food" set.

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on July 29, 2011
at 08:09 PM

sorry, but grassfed beef is very healthy. I suggest you read up at eatwild.com

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on July 29, 2011
at 07:43 PM

Are you sure that you're on the right board?

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

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on June 15, 2011
at 03:56 PM

The donuts are easy. EVERYONE knows those are unhealthy. It's the hamburger buns and baguettes and...

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on June 15, 2011
at 01:21 PM

i should add that my kids are 3 and 1, so i pretty much make every decision for them. im not talking about a 14 year old here!

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on June 15, 2011
at 01:17 PM

i dont think its really off topic. i mean, paleo isnt JUST a diet, right? i also feel strange around guns, and the reason i dont let the kids play with them is that i dont want them to think they are toys, not because i just want to pretend they dont exist. i would LOVE to go take a class that will teach them how to take apart, put together, clean, shoot, identify a guna nd most importantly to get an adult if they find one instead of waving it around. all parents impose their values on kids to an extent. this is just where ours lie, but for others i might be church on sunday, no exception.

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

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on June 15, 2011
at 04:37 AM

I appreciate your detail. Totally agree about the Bratz dolls, OMG those are awful. Barbie's are a toy I enjoyed too much as a child to deny my daughters of. Most of what we buy her ourselves are Duplo's. I get weird around fake guns and such, trying to determine where I stand on them. Once they're mature enough I'd like them to learn how to shoot real guns, just in case they were ever to need to. She has some princess-y stuff, but isn't obsessed, and also has a toy craftsman tool box. Anyhow, I'm getting off topic.

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

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on June 15, 2011
at 04:27 AM

My kid is actually surprisingly good at not putting things in her mouth (she flipped out when her friend licked her toy food) but I thank you for the warning.

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on June 14, 2011
at 04:05 AM

I tell my kids all the time that they can eat whatever they want when they're not with me, but to just remember that it's not as healthy as if they ate, say, some beef and kale. They're only 6 and 4, but they already make good decisions about food *when I'm not around.* Something I do must be working. I'm anything but strict in any aspect in my life. You have misunderstood me, big time. But still, your sarcastic, cutting post didn't help the original post at all.

8a4ce6a9e1ab27616920b828df08b259

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on June 14, 2011
at 03:59 AM

Sorry I came off as rude. I have a much different way of thinking than you do when it comes to getting my children to eat healthy. When I see people talking about "control" and "my house, my values", it's scary to me because it sounds eerily like one of those fundamentalist religious people. Just substitute different nouns. I don't believe in *controlling* our kids' "input and output", as bad stuff and bad ideas are everywhere in the world. My kids helped me throw out the fake baked goods, because they know why they're bad. I didn't toss them out myself because I'm ruler of their world.

8a4ce6a9e1ab27616920b828df08b259

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on June 14, 2011
at 03:51 AM

My fanatical behavior? Where? Are you confusing me with "akd"? You must be. I don't EVER, ever, EVER force my kids to eat anything. They are not even restricted from grains. (Gluten-free) My children have opportunities all the time to eat massive amounts of sweets, but *they choose* not to, because of how NOT totalitarian I am. I don't have muffins or cake mix or bread in the house, real OR plastic. How the hell is that totalitarian?

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on June 14, 2011
at 03:08 AM

Neane, your fanatical behavior will only cause your child to eat large quantities of sweets. It's called draconian dialectics. FYI, I have kids. They eat well, and I have never had to resort to such totalitarian tactics.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on June 14, 2011
at 02:34 AM

wtf? "scary"? "militant"? "rigid"? theres no reason to be rude to me. i didnt say anything here that others havent said in this thread. i just went into more detail about what we do in OUR house. my kids spend a lot fo time playing outside and not a lot eating mcdonalds and watching television. really, there is absolutely no reason to be so rude.

2f931662684a7747be36255c8b486228

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on June 14, 2011
at 01:59 AM

Just get rid of the TV. I did and nobody misses it at all. More family play time with real life interaction instead of all that fake crap. And you know what, every mom uses those techniques when they walk through a supermarket with a child.........you avoid the candy lane at all costs or talk up a storm while looking in the opposite direction with your kid. If a pillow was more fun, I'd use one. Why not? The outcome is what's important not the means: that your child is happy and healthy.

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on June 14, 2011
at 01:18 AM

Eeek...and here's the other end of the spectrum. Scary how militant and rigid this is.

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on June 14, 2011
at 01:15 AM

That's where my reasoning is..I don't want my little ones playing with fake bad things, either. But I'm more about them knowing WHY those things are bad, rather than just controlling everything, and if THEY decide to throw that stuff out, great. When I was a kid, my mom was a super-conservative christian, and made me destroy our disney movies and nintendo games (that she had bought) because they were non-christian. Not a good way to go about it. Guide the kids to make their *own* educated decisions.

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on June 14, 2011
at 01:09 AM

That response was rude, IMO. We eat paleo/primal healthy food, and consider grains to be poison, right? Eating grains are the bane of human existence, right? Why would we want our children to pretend to eat that poison? Let's just let them play with fake rat poison or fake cocaine then. It would be a good idea to let her little one HELP her decide which play foods to throw out, like mine did. She's not trying to be a militant freak, which is why she asked what others thought. Your scathing remarks help nothing.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on June 14, 2011
at 12:38 AM

i dont think you know what skinners box is.

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on June 14, 2011
at 12:36 AM

Thank you for posting this!!! I work with children and always think this too! Even to the point where "when I have kids, they'll be going to an alternative school where they don't have plasti donuts!"

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 14, 2011
at 12:27 AM

<> Skinner's box!

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on June 13, 2011
at 11:35 PM

Sara, you can start small and if you can spare 5 bucks for some seeds, a bucket, and some potting soil you can get started with some herbs, spices, and other easy to grow items. A potted basil plant is just as expensive as a bag of fresh herbs at the store and it will provide much more food as well as experience. When I was growing up, we were really poor, but I remember my mom growing sprouts in a mason jar covered with pantyhose. Those early experiences really stick.

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

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on June 13, 2011
at 11:30 PM

I'm so glad someone else thought of this. I tried just hiding them in a toybox she doesn't look in, but within two days she found them again. I would just throw them out (or donate them) but I'm pretty sure my husband would tell me I'm taking it too far.

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on June 13, 2011
at 11:25 PM

My dad did the garden thing with me also and it really is exciting for a kid to know they planted something and then get to care for it and watch it grow, and then eat what they grew; it's fascinating. Even at 40 I still find it exciting!

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

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on June 13, 2011
at 11:25 PM

I wish I had a place for a garden. I am hoping to make a square foot garden on my patio next spring. This year money's been so tight I couldn't afford the capital to start it.

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

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on June 13, 2011
at 11:23 PM

Thankfully the copious amounts of TV she does watch (while I hang my head in shame) doesn't have commercials since we download her shows to our apple tv. I try to get her to help me cook, but every time she runs into her room to cook with her food, and refuses to work with the real food. The pet toy idea is actually a really good one. So what if her dinner squeaks?

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on June 13, 2011
at 11:21 PM

I really like this answer! A farm outing is such a good field trip for little ones!

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on June 13, 2011
at 11:20 PM

adding to this, I would start a garden with her and have her actually plant something. My parents did this with me and to this day I love gardening and have an appreciation for fresh produce.

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on June 13, 2011
at 11:18 PM

As a side note, I'm not super militant about everything they're exposed to, either. It's more about the choices they make when you're NOT around, rather than forcing them do things. (or not do things) Junk food isn't FOOD, it's poison..

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on June 13, 2011
at 11:13 PM

I'm not a parent or anything, but I feel like having junk toy food wouldn't hurt anything. She's not actually consuming it or experiencing the taste (or smell) so I feel like she isn't being drawn to junk food over paleo food. Making your own is a great idea - my little sister LOVED toy food and had an entire crate. She did have a rubber steak, although I have no idea where we got it from.

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on June 13, 2011
at 11:14 PM

I think that instead of stressing out over the harmful effects of fake fake food, bring her to a farmer's market, garden, get her involved while you cook, let her touch, taste, smell good real foods. If there is something that she can help with, let her help prepare or serve the foods, talk to her about them, respect the innate intelligence of a little human being whose body knows what it needs.

If anything, TV exposure should be limited, as I do think endless commercials make fake food seem really cool and fun. Just like how watching MTV's Cribs makes you feel like your house sucks when in reality, it is exactly what you need.

If you are really intent on finding toy bacon, steaks, etc., I'm sure the pet toy section of a big pet superstore has all kinds of plastic meat products :)

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on June 13, 2011
at 11:21 PM

I really like this answer! A farm outing is such a good field trip for little ones!

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on June 13, 2011
at 11:20 PM

adding to this, I would start a garden with her and have her actually plant something. My parents did this with me and to this day I love gardening and have an appreciation for fresh produce.

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

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on June 13, 2011
at 11:23 PM

Thankfully the copious amounts of TV she does watch (while I hang my head in shame) doesn't have commercials since we download her shows to our apple tv. I try to get her to help me cook, but every time she runs into her room to cook with her food, and refuses to work with the real food. The pet toy idea is actually a really good one. So what if her dinner squeaks?

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on June 13, 2011
at 11:25 PM

I wish I had a place for a garden. I am hoping to make a square foot garden on my patio next spring. This year money's been so tight I couldn't afford the capital to start it.

Medium avatar

(19479)

on June 13, 2011
at 11:35 PM

Sara, you can start small and if you can spare 5 bucks for some seeds, a bucket, and some potting soil you can get started with some herbs, spices, and other easy to grow items. A potted basil plant is just as expensive as a bag of fresh herbs at the store and it will provide much more food as well as experience. When I was growing up, we were really poor, but I remember my mom growing sprouts in a mason jar covered with pantyhose. Those early experiences really stick.

34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

(4171)

on June 13, 2011
at 11:25 PM

My dad did the garden thing with me also and it really is exciting for a kid to know they planted something and then get to care for it and watch it grow, and then eat what they grew; it's fascinating. Even at 40 I still find it exciting!

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on June 14, 2011
at 01:55 AM

I think that is a great idea. Every message you convey to your child whether through silence or movement will have an effect. I eliminated all plastic baby doll diapers years ago and bought real cloth baby doll diapers. I even bought the nursing baby doll, which became my daughters favorite. Of course she has fond memories of breastfeeding so loves pretending to feed her baby doll this way. When breast feeding is so wonderful, why do we put dolls with plastic formula bottles in our daughter's hands? This is teaching the wrong things. The reason I made these changes is that I saw how GOOD she was at being a play mommy. She was duplicating every single thing I did with her. Is that why it is automatic for us to be moms. We remember later that learning process? It is up to you to decide how far to go. Just ask yourself, would you give her a fake cigarette? Why not? Because they are unhealthy? Then if you give her other things, does that mean YOU are not really so sure that they are unhealthy? I ask myself this all the time. Our children can pick up on our uncertainties because we are communicating them. We don't have much choice do we, since we don't have all the answers. But, when you are sure about something, I wouldn't be worried about carrying through with it. You'll have plenty of if's later to be wishy-washy about. You could also remove things slowly while she is not around just to not make a point of it. Replace them with healthier options. She'll probably never notice. I do this with food that some people sneak into my house.

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on June 14, 2011
at 12:06 AM

I don't think you're over-thinking it. I think you actually make a really valid point. I wouldn't let my kids pretend to smoke fake cigarettes. I think it makes perfect sense to limit "fake fake foods" (awesome quote, FED). On the flip side, I wouldn't go crazy about it and throw everything away and freak out. Kids learn by example and they play with what they know. If you keep those toys in the mix, you may find one day that she stops playing with the McFood anyway.

8a4ce6a9e1ab27616920b828df08b259

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on June 14, 2011
at 01:15 AM

That's where my reasoning is..I don't want my little ones playing with fake bad things, either. But I'm more about them knowing WHY those things are bad, rather than just controlling everything, and if THEY decide to throw that stuff out, great. When I was a kid, my mom was a super-conservative christian, and made me destroy our disney movies and nintendo games (that she had bought) because they were non-christian. Not a good way to go about it. Guide the kids to make their *own* educated decisions.

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on June 13, 2011
at 11:53 PM

Haha, I thought I was the only crazy cave-mama who was worried about plastic potato chips. My little guy isn't old enough to know they're supposed to be food, but I think that before he's old enough to understand and pretend, I'll throw away the plastic french fries, hot dog buns, and other "food" that came in his little kitchen kit. There are some GREAT etsy stores (here's one EvaLauryn )that sell play food made of felt, and I believe you can special order different kinds of food. Maybe even let her pick out what she wants to have. If you do keep the play food, I'd just remind her "these muffins are pretend. If we ate real muffins, we'd get a tummy ache, wouldn't we? What foods in your kitchen do we eat in our real kitchen?" etc.

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on June 14, 2011
at 03:18 AM

I try to teach my boys about making good choices. I try to expose them to as many things as possible. I try not to try to control the things that I cannot possibly control.

I guess this toy thing doesn't rile me up as much as it does others because I have confidence that my kids understand the difference between a piece of candy and a piece of broccoli. (My son calls this "Mantracker Food" - the Canadian Marlborough Man who he wants to grow up to be - cool). My son likes to ask whether this food or that "food will make him strong." He still wants candy, Mac N'Cheese and all sorts of other kid stuff because he is a kid and he lives in the real world.

I probably would not remove the offending toys because that would limit our opportunities to talk about making good choices. It would maybe spark discussion about why these foods may not be all that great for health. It may just be the best teaching opportunity about food you have.

Or I could be completely wrong.

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on June 14, 2011
at 02:05 AM

I don't think that it is wrong. Children emulate what they see in real life, so if you are leading by example, I would think that naturally they would not play with those foods anyway. My daughter is also 3. Since I no longer eat bread, she picks the bread off of her meals, too. Kind of makes me proud. :)

I would, however, stay away from the plastic food! Younger children, especially, are inclined to put EVERYTHING into their mouth, and a lot of those plastics still contain BPA or other chemicals that we would not want them munching on. Felt play food is pretty easy to make, and you can find tons of blogs via a google search about making them. If you're not feeling crafty, you can find a seller on Etsy who can make whatever your heart desires. Wooden food gets expensive, but certainly worth it. Just make sure if they are painted it is with a safe, lead-free paint. Toys like these I see as an investment. They're not the standard "throw aways" that manufacturers have made children's play things to be in this day and age. They will last forever if taken well care of, and if you limit their time in front of the television and allow their creativity to blossom, they'll play "house" or "kitchen" for years to come. :)

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

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on June 15, 2011
at 04:27 AM

My kid is actually surprisingly good at not putting things in her mouth (she flipped out when her friend licked her toy food) but I thank you for the warning.

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on June 14, 2011
at 12:24 AM

i dont think youre over thinking it. i dont let my kids play with junk food in their kitchen. melissa and doug make some really nice wooden toy food sets. my kids have the generic set, the sushi set, the fruit set.

i agree with the first poster that its not the ONLY thing we as parents should be doing. we have a CSA share that my daughter helps me pick up, we have a lot of friends who farm or even just have backyard hens, and she goes to "farm camp" every friday where they learn about meat and vegetables and where they come from. shes 3.

she also goes to a preschool the raises chickens, goats, horses, and rescues dogs and cats. they go outside in all weather, and the curriculum of the school is focused on sustainability, science and art.

she also doesnt see any commercials on TV on my watch. we only netflix or on-demand tv shows so we can control how much she is watching and what she is seeing.

and another thing i do is edit her toys- not just no bad food, but also no guns, no violent toys, no sexist toys (like barbie dolls, princess shit or bratz dolls), and no toys in which the game is already determined, strongly favoring open ended toys.

im not trying to be smug or antyhing- we have more than our fair share of shortcomings and things we need to work on over here- i just strongly believe that as parents we are the ones who control our kids input and output and that is our job. all too soon they are making their own decisions about consumption, and i think its important to lay the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. my house, my values. period.

they can eat mcdonalds to piss me off then they have their own money to buy it, but hopefully they will get ick as hell and hear my voice in the back of their head saying, "i told you so!"

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on June 14, 2011
at 12:27 AM

<> Skinner's box!

8a4ce6a9e1ab27616920b828df08b259

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on June 14, 2011
at 01:18 AM

Eeek...and here's the other end of the spectrum. Scary how militant and rigid this is.

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on June 14, 2011
at 02:34 AM

wtf? "scary"? "militant"? "rigid"? theres no reason to be rude to me. i didnt say anything here that others havent said in this thread. i just went into more detail about what we do in OUR house. my kids spend a lot fo time playing outside and not a lot eating mcdonalds and watching television. really, there is absolutely no reason to be so rude.

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on June 14, 2011
at 12:38 AM

i dont think you know what skinners box is.

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on June 14, 2011
at 03:59 AM

Sorry I came off as rude. I have a much different way of thinking than you do when it comes to getting my children to eat healthy. When I see people talking about "control" and "my house, my values", it's scary to me because it sounds eerily like one of those fundamentalist religious people. Just substitute different nouns. I don't believe in *controlling* our kids' "input and output", as bad stuff and bad ideas are everywhere in the world. My kids helped me throw out the fake baked goods, because they know why they're bad. I didn't toss them out myself because I'm ruler of their world.

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on June 15, 2011
at 01:21 PM

i should add that my kids are 3 and 1, so i pretty much make every decision for them. im not talking about a 14 year old here!

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at 01:17 PM

i dont think its really off topic. i mean, paleo isnt JUST a diet, right? i also feel strange around guns, and the reason i dont let the kids play with them is that i dont want them to think they are toys, not because i just want to pretend they dont exist. i would LOVE to go take a class that will teach them how to take apart, put together, clean, shoot, identify a guna nd most importantly to get an adult if they find one instead of waving it around. all parents impose their values on kids to an extent. this is just where ours lie, but for others i might be church on sunday, no exception.

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at 04:37 AM

I appreciate your detail. Totally agree about the Bratz dolls, OMG those are awful. Barbie's are a toy I enjoyed too much as a child to deny my daughters of. Most of what we buy her ourselves are Duplo's. I get weird around fake guns and such, trying to determine where I stand on them. Once they're mature enough I'd like them to learn how to shoot real guns, just in case they were ever to need to. She has some princess-y stuff, but isn't obsessed, and also has a toy craftsman tool box. Anyhow, I'm getting off topic.

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at 11:14 PM

You're not crazy!! My kids helped me throw away the muffins, bread and cake boxes from their toy food set. I teach them that things made of "brown grass" (grains) are not good for us, even though they might not make some people have "poo water". The more your little one is exposed to healthy things, be it from your teaching or through play, the better off she will be as an adult to make the best choices. We're not raising children, after all..we're "raising" adults!

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on June 13, 2011
at 11:18 PM

As a side note, I'm not super militant about everything they're exposed to, either. It's more about the choices they make when you're NOT around, rather than forcing them do things. (or not do things) Junk food isn't FOOD, it's poison..

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

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on June 13, 2011
at 11:30 PM

I'm so glad someone else thought of this. I tried just hiding them in a toybox she doesn't look in, but within two days she found them again. I would just throw them out (or donate them) but I'm pretty sure my husband would tell me I'm taking it too far.

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on June 14, 2011
at 03:13 AM

I would sort through the foods. My daughter was given a baby doll and we threw away the bottle. I don't think it's extreme at all.

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on June 14, 2011
at 01:38 AM

No. Having you kid pretend to do something destructive doesn't seem like a good idea.

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D0a9ea90bebe3ca50b1ca4c028f82eee

on July 29, 2011
at 07:13 PM

LOL, BEEF!!! bc beef is sooo healthy....there toys for crying out loud. What child don't learn at home they will in school or from friends. Letting them make the decision for them self is a good start but if there anything thats important in teaching them...there are food nutrition guides out there and just bc you think it's bad for you doesn't mean that it isn't important to your body! If you let your child play with a doll are you giving her the idea of having babies?!? I think your over working yourself...they my play with it but it doesn't mean their going to love it, let alone want to eat it. Kids learn by watching everything you do!

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on July 29, 2011
at 10:16 PM

downvoted for incomprehensibility, and all the brain cells I lost trying to decipher this person's grammar.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on July 29, 2011
at 07:43 PM

Are you sure that you're on the right board?

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on July 29, 2011
at 08:09 PM

sorry, but grassfed beef is very healthy. I suggest you read up at eatwild.com

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on July 30, 2011
at 11:15 PM

Teaching our children how to care for dolls is exactly preparing them for babies. Maybe not now, but later. When my daughter read a book about donuts, she asked for some. If food is bad for me, why would it help my body? By drinking milk, I immediately get severe stomach pain followed by an urgent trip to the bathroom. Is milk then still needed by my body, if it expels it so quickly? Janet, I recommend you familiarize yourself with Paleo before you comment next time. Paleo can save your life, one steak at a time.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 14, 2011
at 12:23 AM

Of course, you're not over-thinking this. You know, the Victorians used to put "bloomers" on the legs of chairs, etc, because they resembled...well, you know what. Look how well that worked for them.

I suggest you carry a pillow sheet in your car, so that every time you drive past a McDonald's you can put it over your child's head to shield him/her from the offensive sight. Perhaps you can attach electrodes to her and every time a commercial for Lucky Charms appears on TV, you can inflict an electrical shock, thereby creating a negative association.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 14, 2011
at 03:08 AM

Neane, your fanatical behavior will only cause your child to eat large quantities of sweets. It's called draconian dialectics. FYI, I have kids. They eat well, and I have never had to resort to such totalitarian tactics.

8a4ce6a9e1ab27616920b828df08b259

(354)

on June 14, 2011
at 01:09 AM

That response was rude, IMO. We eat paleo/primal healthy food, and consider grains to be poison, right? Eating grains are the bane of human existence, right? Why would we want our children to pretend to eat that poison? Let's just let them play with fake rat poison or fake cocaine then. It would be a good idea to let her little one HELP her decide which play foods to throw out, like mine did. She's not trying to be a militant freak, which is why she asked what others thought. Your scathing remarks help nothing.

2f931662684a7747be36255c8b486228

(1049)

on June 14, 2011
at 01:59 AM

Just get rid of the TV. I did and nobody misses it at all. More family play time with real life interaction instead of all that fake crap. And you know what, every mom uses those techniques when they walk through a supermarket with a child.........you avoid the candy lane at all costs or talk up a storm while looking in the opposite direction with your kid. If a pillow was more fun, I'd use one. Why not? The outcome is what's important not the means: that your child is happy and healthy.

8a4ce6a9e1ab27616920b828df08b259

(354)

on June 14, 2011
at 04:05 AM

I tell my kids all the time that they can eat whatever they want when they're not with me, but to just remember that it's not as healthy as if they ate, say, some beef and kale. They're only 6 and 4, but they already make good decisions about food *when I'm not around.* Something I do must be working. I'm anything but strict in any aspect in my life. You have misunderstood me, big time. But still, your sarcastic, cutting post didn't help the original post at all.

8a4ce6a9e1ab27616920b828df08b259

(354)

on June 14, 2011
at 03:51 AM

My fanatical behavior? Where? Are you confusing me with "akd"? You must be. I don't EVER, ever, EVER force my kids to eat anything. They are not even restricted from grains. (Gluten-free) My children have opportunities all the time to eat massive amounts of sweets, but *they choose* not to, because of how NOT totalitarian I am. I don't have muffins or cake mix or bread in the house, real OR plastic. How the hell is that totalitarian?

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