Kid Snacks

United States
July 3, 2009 5:45pm CST
So my Nieces were over and my goodness along with their mom it seemed all they did was much. SIL treated us last night to a buffet around 7pm. Now one would think that was a late enough dinner, definatly no need for a snack. We went to a park after the restaurant, so like 90 min later all 4 of them were munching chips ect. I"m thinking to myself HELLOOOOOO you just ate 90 min ago & it's 9pm should you really be snacking so late?? 2 of her 3 girls are over 100 & the youngest being 11yrs old! I know my kids are thin (they were blessed w/ hubby's genes) but there's no way my kids would be chowing @ 9pm & on junk. The sad thing is I said to one of the kids about eating sooo late & junk no less... she goes "this isn't junk food, these are our snackies" WTH? **shaking head** So this kid thinks because their mom says it's a snack that it's not junk? And then they wondered why my kids swarmed her kids, because we don't go thru 5-6 bags of chips a day, I buy 1-2 a week & that's it! When do you think it's too late for a snack? What do you think qualifies as an appropriate snack? Anyone else just want to shake their head & roll their eyes?
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@dragon54u (31298)
• United States
4 Jul 09
Oh my, that woman is setting her kids up for all kinds of agony later in life--not only being fat but the health problems that go with it! I gave my kids good snacks. I froze yogurt in popsicle makers for cold treats, they snacked on almonds and raisins and jello, trail mix and fruit. Every so often I'd make cookies but no sweets after 7PM and it was rare to have them, anyway. Then they became teenagers--they brought home their own junk food they bought at school, of all places. Well, I gave them a good start anyway! I hope your kids don't pick up any bad habits.
• United States
4 Jul 09
Great idea with the yogurt, I'll have to try that or freeze the lil yogurt sticks they sell. That's why my kids were going nuts cause they don't get all that stuff. I buy it but say like one pkg of cookies every 2 weeks or more... when they are gone they are gone no matter who eats them. I dunno, they are just visiting thank goodness and we are dying for them to go home in a week!
@OConnell87 (1046)
3 Jul 09
i think as adults when we snack it different when kids snack because we know that if we eat too much and exercise too little we will store excess fat, however children do not realise this and for a child 7pm is about right. If their mum knew the potential damage she was doing to her kids i think she would change what they ate
• United States
4 Jul 09
She blames the 12yo's weight on her meds, so then what about the 11yo? I know she probably realizes it but doesn't think about it because she spoils her kids rotten especially since she's making out like a bandit since her hubby passed she can splurge on $20/day + junk food habbits & whatever else those kids whine for.
@katsmeow1213 (28845)
• United States
3 Jul 09
Sadly that sounds like me and hubby, we're terrible snackers, which would explain why we're both over weight. It's our parents fault, they allowed us to snack whenever we wanted and never taught us self control or self discipline. But we're not doing the same to our kids. I do tell them no. They have popcorn late at night if we're watching a movie, but other than that they don't do much snacking.
• United States
4 Jul 09
I hear you I had a upbringing similar I suppose you could say. My mom ate non-stop & when the kids would pick on me ect she'd be like here have a doughnut or 3 ect & of course not knowing anybetter as a child one thinks it's the "norm" til they are overweight as a teen or adult and have a very hard time shedding anything (or atleast that's how it went for me). I serve plain air popped popcorn for a late snack or whatever fruit I have. Otherwise they are out of luck usually.
@dhowarth (113)
• United States
4 Jul 09
actually it is ok to snack later in the day like past 9 if your an adult or teen. you actually boost your metabolism when you do that and helps to loose weight, as long as its a healthy snack. as for kids, eating later probably isnt the best as they really don't need a metabolism boost they have enough energy as it is :) We know to give them the healthy snacks like popcorn, fruit, and veggies, but to deprive them of sweets will hurt them in the long run. You are probably on the right track with giving them a few snacks every other week. To keep them from sweets will make them overindulge later on when they are able to buy their own foods. And another snack i have found that works well late at night is cottage cheese. fills you up and its pretty healthy for you as well.
@smartie0317 (1612)
• United States
4 Jul 09
You shouldn't be so judgemental. just because the child are overweight doesn't mean they're unhealthy. They go to bthe park and seem to get exercise. I know a lot of kids who are skinny and do nothing all day. I think kids, and adults, should be allowed to have a small snack whenever they're hungry. Sometimes, junk food is ok. However, I think a good snack is vegtables and/or fruit. If you're really hungry a small sandwich. No, I don't want to shake my head. I think this behavior is ok sometimes.
@Niah1976 (733)
• Philippines
4 Jul 09
Maybe it's ok to eat junk foods in moderation. But as far as I can, I try not to buy junk foods for my kid. What I let her bring in her luch box are cheese cupcakes, chocolate biscuits sometimes sandwich. I make orange juice or strawberry juice but when I ran out of time, I let her bring yakult. Personally, I like junk foods a lot. But it was just when I had kid that I lessen eating those kind of foods.
• United States
4 Jul 09
9PM is pushing it..but i would guess a small snack of lightly buttered popcorn might be ok.chips and candy though,forget it.