One of the biggest issues I have as a Papa Heroes is making sure I eat healthy and keep my daughter on the same track. A few days ago we where at my grandma’s birthday party and she decided to give a tiny piece of cake to Daniela.
This put me into a difficult situation because I love my Grandma and I could not find a way to tell her that it really bothered me that she decided to feed my daughter cake. I don’t mind if she does it when she is older but right now as a new dad I have to make sure that my daughter gets the needed nutrition.
After telling grandma that she should not have given my daughter cake, she replied as any Puerto Rican Grandmother would reply, that in the Old Days everyone would give cake and other things to the kids and they would be fine.
My biggest issue with that line of reasoning is that many of my family members suffer from Diabetes and many other illnesses that can be tied to nutrition. Most of them have decided to hide the fact that their poor nutrition got them in trouble.
I personally had terrible eating habits and still have a few I need to work on. Becoming vegetarian has given me the opportunity to take a look at the ingredients that go into my meals and making sure that they are nutritious enough for me.
I also have a hard time explaining to my family that my daughter will be brought up vegetarian. They clearly don’t understand it and I am worried that if I leave my daughter with any of them they will feed her things that I prefer her not to eat.
Have you been through that situation?
Do you know of kids with dietary restrictions and how do you communicate the importance of sticking to that diet to their grandparents and other family members who just don’t get it?