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A Lesson Learned By a 12 Year Old – A Body Just Won’t Feel Good If You Don’t Feed It Right

April 12, 2010 · 9 comments

in Health & Fitness

Well, Spring Break just ended for my kids.   We had a fantastic time without actually going too far out of town.  However, I wanted to share a realization my youngest son had.

Last Thursday, the whole family went to visit a college my older son is considering.  It was about a 3 hour drive, so I packed a fairly healthy lunch; chicken, watermelon, cheese and crackers, cucumbers and of course, some homemade cookies.  After the college visit, we spent the night at a water park.

By the time dinner rolled around at the water park, most the healthy food I packed was consumed by 3 hungry kids.  So, we ordered some pizza and settled in for the night.  The next morning, the kids wanted to get a couple more hours of swimming in before we hit the road.  The kids ate a quick, unhealthy breakfast of  streusel, and headed to the pool.

For lunch, we had to eat on the road as we were stopping at a Science Museum on the way home.  Four of us ate Panera, but my youngest son was dying for Burger King.  The Good Mom on my right shoulder said “Don’t do it.  He should eat what everyone else eats”.  The Bad Mom on my left shoulder said “Its vacation, let the kid eat what he wants”.  Well, bad mom won out and it was a Whopper Junior for the young man, with a cherry icee…

Since we spent so much time at the museum, dinner was also on the road.  By this point, we wanted to just get home, so another drive-thru it was!   By the time we got home, my youngest son was not feeling well at all.  His stomach was so upset.  We then sat down and discussed everything he ate that day and he realized how bad his choices were.  We talked about how a car won’t run if you put low quality gas in the tank, and the human body is way more complex than a car.  Therefore, the fuel your body gets is even more important.   He swore that moment that he would not eat bad like that anymore.  He realized how awful he felt compared to how everyone else was feeling, and he also revealed that cookies were also involved in his breakfast…

So, we have been home for 2 days now and he has been eating much healthier.  He is also asking for advice regarding different foods and if he should or should not eat them.  I have no idea how long this will last, but I am glad he is learning how important healthy foods are while he is young.   It is just unfortunate that he had to learn this lesson the hard way.  I will also be more vigilant about the foods I have in the house and I will say ‘no’ more often.  After all, he is only 12, so I must also take some responsibility.

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sharkbytes April 12, 2010 at 10:28 am

Gosh, I don’t think you should feel too bad. That was a pretty easy “hard way,” and I suspect it’s a lesson very few kids actually catch on to. Great stuff, really!


Kris April 13, 2010 at 10:05 am

Shark, that is nice of you to say. It was funny because last night he opened the pantry and proclaimed ‘it is so hard to be good- I see Doritos!’. I guess I should hide the garbage food behind the massive supply of paper towels I have.


Dianna April 12, 2010 at 11:15 pm

That’s a great lesson to learn so young. We’ve had lots of weekends on the road where we ate like that…and paid the price later. I can’t believe you were looking at colleges! That’s insane!


sherie April 13, 2010 at 9:46 am

Kris, if I didn’t know you guys personally, I’d never believe that a 12 year old boy responded that maturely. However, since I do know your family, I can envision this entire scenario in complete “Leave It To Beaver” or “Father Knows Best” sitcom style.


Kris April 13, 2010 at 10:07 am

Sherie- you know I am typing this while wearing my best dress. I can’t wait for my husband to get home so I can hear all about his day and serve him his dinner.


beth April 13, 2010 at 10:43 am

What a great lesson learned! In a few years, can your son teach Connor this lesson? He didn’t eat his dinner last night and then asked for ice cream! Btw- he didn’t get any.

I also think your husband, when walking into the “Leave It To Beaver” style home comlete with dressed up wife, would promptly walk back out of the house and double check the address or possibly take you in for a psychiatric evaluation! Keep the great stories coming!


Kris April 13, 2010 at 10:47 am

You obviously do not know what goes on inside my house Beth. As a matter of fact, I am currently wearing a dress I plan on wearing to a wedding coming up in May. Send Connor over anytime. We will have sophisticated discussions about nutrition and exercise. Afterward, I will teach him how to balance the checkbook.


Katie April 13, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Kris, I can’t wait to see said dress at mentioned wedding. 🙂 I am really enjoying reading through your blogs. You have a talent for story telling and writing. I will keep stopping by! So glad a sneaky relative passed this along to me… 🙂


Kris April 14, 2010 at 8:11 am

Thank you Katie! I will probably have to get the dress freshly pressed for the event in May because it will have been worn many, many times by then. 🙂 Feel free to ‘friend’ me on facebook if you want. (upper left of home page). Then you will be notified on facebook when there are updates. (No pressure, obviously!)


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