Below is a video that was emailed to me this morning (thanks to Andrew). It is a short preview to an upcoming television show that premieres later this month.
The Youtube video description states the following:
Watch as kids in an elementary school class in Huntington, West Virginia have trouble identifying fresh fruits and vegetables. Huntington has been called the unhealthiest city in America where nearly half of the adults are considered obese.
Unfortunately, I’m not surprised by the video. I am however glad that my three year old son was able to identify each vegetable from the preview.
Perhaps he has an unfair advantage, as he is usually my wife’s sidekick when she does the grocery shopping. He’s been eating fresh vegetables since his first day of real food. When he asks for a snack, he is usually looking for fresh fruits and veggies. That is his idea of a snack. It’s what he’s been around his entire life.
In the words of John Dryden,
“We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.”
As I’ve stated many times before, youngsters don’t do their own grocery shopping. They follow the lead of their parents. It is up to us to guide, nurture, and teach them.
The best role model for a child is his or her parents. Parents need to stop making excuses and step up to the plate. If you don’t know what to do, take the time to find out. Knowledge must be sought. It won’t funnel through your pillow at night through osmosis.
Do what you need to do to raise a healthy child.
In the words of Ben Franklin,
“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”