Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Time To Be a Better Role Model

As a parent, it is your responsibility to be a role model for your children.  Feed yourself well and feed your kids well.  Make sure your kids see you being active or they at least they know you are being active.  Your kids look up to you as an example of what they want to be.  It is funny to watch them imitate you as they get older.  Don't rely on others to steer your children in the right direction.  Especially don't let them read the book, Maggie Goes On a Diet.  Here is an interview of the author of this controversial children's book.

It is unfortunate but the author does not appear to be much of a role model himself.  I don't know, maybe he is already 100 pounds down in his weight loss journey.  How can he provide advice when it seems he has yet to find the solution?

It is quite sad but this book will probably sell because it is easier to provide a fictitious role model rather than be a real live model of health for kids.



Matthew Collins said...

While I commend anyone who recognizes AND takes action to address the alarming rate of childhood obesity, this book appears to focus on being thin -- without regard to body type. What about focusing on health and fitness? There is such a thing as obese skinny girls, especially when you take body fat percentage into consideration. For me, health and fitness should be emphasized above all. Especially when you consider the sensitivity to body image possessed by the demographic targeted by this book. And what about adult role models. I'm reminded of Robert Fulghum's quote,

"Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you."

Chuck said...

i think if we teach kids about healthy eating and a physical lifestyle from a young age, it will pay off greatly when they become adults. no kids book will do that.