Okay NOW I’m pissed! Flaming wrap around pissed in fact. DEAR UNCLE SAM, GET THE HELL OUT OF MY CEREAL BOWL!!!!!
Seriously, dear First Lady and others on capital hill, I am sure your intentions are good, to get healthier things marketed to children, but let me remind you of something. I grocery shop, weekly, along with the other Divas here in the Den. I have yet to witness a child handling the family grocery shopping. Oh sure, kids will whine and beg (ah the memories of being little) but ultimately the decisions are made by the parents.
I am a mom. My kids are adults now, 20 and 26 years old. They ate Cap’n Crunch, among other unhealthy cereals. Both are amazingly intelligent, one being established in a law enforcement career now for 8 years, the other about to graduate from college. I am sure there were doubts about their future as their father and I home schooled them (*GASPS HEARD FROM THE READER COMMUNITY*). Not only did they manage to make it to adulthood well socialized (it is absolutely amazing how much more social life a kid has when they lack hours of evening homework and can play sports, attend youth group and be involved in countless activities) but neither went to jail and both have impressively high IQs. Both are employed, helping to keep millions sitting on their asses on welfare watching 52 inch plasma TVs and eating bon bons. I know, right, all this from idiot, lower middle class parents that managed without the government telling them how and when to flush the toilet. Wonders never cease! No village needed here, we raised them and are very proud of their ability to THINK FOR THEMSELVES!!!! Okay maybe with the exception of the daughter purchasing a $250 crystal studded bra, but hey we all have moments of mental weakness. Please, don’t judge her, it was HER money, she EARNED it the old fashioned way, with a job and not a welfare check. Shocking, I know!
As parents we made the purchasing decisions in our home. Certainly we did buy those horrid, nasty, bad for you sugary cereals sometimes, but we also made countless healthy and well balanced meals. We are, despite what the government wants us to believe, rather capable of making our own decisions and choices regarding what we eat. We know that over consumption of crap food equals fat, unhealthy bodies. We are very aware that if our kids sit inside and watch TV or play on the computer all day, they get NO exercise and the result again is a fat, unhealthy body. And while I’m at it, as parents we are also very aware that too much exposure to tanning beds or tanning outside CAN cause skin cancer. BUT THEY ARE OUR CHILDREN!!! We don’t need your input to raise them! Believe it or not we are not living under rocks, we know what is healthy and not healthy. Kids learn this stuff early on in school. If we want to eat Cap’n Crunch Cereal and feed it to our kids, THAT IS OUR DECISION TO MAKE! If I want to buy a Happy Meal complete with cheese burger, fries, Coke and A COOL TOY, THAT IS OUR DECISION TO MAKE! If I want to allow my daughter to use the tanning salon before she is 18 years old, THAT IS MY DECISION TO MAKE! As mom I CAN say no or yes to these and dozens of other choices.
I ENJOY EATING CAP’N CRUNCH!
I BUY HAPPY MEALS FOR THE TOYS FOR ME SOMETIMES TOO!
WHEN I CAN AFFORD IT I LIKE TO USE THE TANNING BED!
Sorry off track here a bit. I am all for healthy options, but I still want variety and options! Get out of our Happy Meals! Back off the tanning beds! Leave my breakfast cereal alone!
As for the rumor? See the link below, seems it is NOT true, but still, stay OUT of my cereal!