Most moms restrict certain foods due to nutritional
deficiencies or the way the food makes their kid behave (have you ever noticed
that the lower quality the candy, the lower quality the behavior?) But some
moms draw the line for arbitrary or personal reasons. Here are some foods moms
refuse to feed their kids for unexpected reasons.
Dinosaur-shaped frozen chicken nuggets in the shape of dinosaurs.
It has nothing to do with their questionable nutritional value and everything
to do with the nauseating smell of those things when you first take them frozen
out of the bag. I babysat one summer for a kid and that was all the boy would
eat. I STILL RECALL THE STENCH.
I'm pretty laid back about what my kid eats, but I won't let him have sugary
cereal. You want to eat an ice cream sandwich for lunch? Why not, it's a
sandwich! But I totally associate sugary cereal with trashiness. It has nothing
to do with nutrition.
—Amy B., mom of one
I get squeamish just thinking about them. I remember kids at school when I was
young wrapping them around their fingers and sucking on them (shudder).
—Amy V., mom of one
Or any sugary drinks like juice. Probably because I'm a sweet drink addict
(diet pop for me) and I know how easy it is to get hooked on them.
—Joanne B., mom of one
They CREEP me out. The smell of someone chewing them makes me queasy.
—Lale K., mom of one
I don't see the point of candy unless it's chocolate, for children or
adults—a waste of teeth brushing. Is fake fruit taste really good enough to be
worth it? No.
—Susan K., mom of one
I don't mind anyone including myself chewing it, but anywhere outside of the
mouth (on a plate or cup for later, wrapped around a finger, in a long string)
is a phobia. Ew, I just threw up in my mouth a little writing that.
—Sarah T., mom of two
Purely because I can't stand how they smell.
—Brooke G., mom of two
Chewy fruit snacks
Either eat some actual fruit or eat some actual dessert. I don’t understand what the point of
fruit snacks is, other than to cause cavities.
—Claire, mom of two
Now, I LOVE Pop Tarts. I haven't eaten them in years, because I had to draw a
line in the sand for myself, but they are my kryptonite. My kids are really
hard to feed at breakfast in part because they don't wake up hungry, so it's a
real struggle to get them to WANT to eat anything before school. And I know
they would love Pop Tarts. But, while I've given in to a lot of less than ideal
breakfast food in the name of filling their stomachs, I feel like the mighty
Pop Tart is the one threshold I have to resist crossing. It feels like