Chuck E Cheese's pizza is NOT a health food!
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
My cousin's husband is an educated man. In fact, he has a Ph.D. in early childhood development and is a tenured professor at the local university. In spite of that, I heard him tell his children (ages 9 and 6) to finish their pizza "because it will help (them) grow big and strong".
Two days later and I'm still flabbergasted. Of course, now he's saying that he just wanted the kids to finish the last slices because they were going to start whining for food as soon as they got in the car. Well, may I suggest a couple of things here? Try setting a consistent snack time for the kids. My daughter knows better than to whine if she didn't finish her lunch (unless there was something wrong with it, but that's different) and that food will be offered again within a few hours. Or if you know a specific circumstance will set them off, prepare for it. I keep snacks in my purse because I know when my girl is done with her occupational, physical, or speech therapy she'll be hungry. If you can't handle that, how about not taking the kids to Chuck E Cheeses in the first place? Most kids have a difficult time eating when they are in the kiddie version of a casino. Or feeding them before you go, at least. I offered my daughter lunch first because I know she doesn't like pizza. However, she does like to participate with the family and she chose the pizza. (I ate before we left because Chuck E's "pizza-shaped food substitute" turns my stomach every time. I HATED going there when we were kids even though this same cousin kept having birthday parties there. It's loud. It's overwhelming. And even at 8 or 9 years old it gave me a migraine and made me vomit.)
Okay, so you HAVE to take the kids there to eat and you can't set consistent snack times for the kiddos. Is it absolutely necessary to tell them that pizza will help them "grow big and strong"? Just because you can't stand to see the last couple of slices get thrown out? (I don't care what you're saying now about the kids whining, I heard the preceding chatter about what a waste blah blah!) A to-go box, maybe? What are you going to tell them when they need to eat a vegetable? You've given up your biggest bargaining chip... that it's healthy... by teaching them that Chuck E's pizza is a health food. "Oh, no, Daddy. You TOLD us that Chuck E Cheese's pizza will make us grow big and strong. We don't NEED fruits and vegetables. Just take us to Chuck E's!"
I just want to bang my head into the wall. It would do as much good as talking to him. This man values "higher education". Maybe he should take a course in nutrition...