Monday, November 23, 2009
It says so right there on page 20 of the October 2009 issue of Parenting (which only arrived last week, for some reason).
Yep - 63% of moms say I'm cruel...
I am bewildered.
Here's the question: "Is it cruel to make your preschooler follow a vegetarian diet?"
And 63% of moms say YES!
I thought cruelty had to do with things like spankings, or time-outs. Or hiding the ice cream at the bottom of the deep freeze. Or rationing the trick-or-treat candy. Or not letting her date until she's 21. Or making her help with the chores.
But tell me how keeping meat off the table is cruel? Please? I don't understand. My kid eats what I eat. Is it cruel to lower her risk of heart disease and cancer? To make the environmentally-friendly choice?
Believe it or not, she hasn't been salivating over the McNuggets and fish sticks. And she can make her own dietary decisions when she can buy and cook the food herself.
Can we please reserve the word "cruel" for actions that truly deserve it?
(If you won't let your daughter date until she's 21, that's your choice. No judgment from this corner.)
Off my soapbox now...