*Update: The winner of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is Adriana!
The world has changed. When we were kids, we played outdoors from morning to night. Our parents yelled for us from the doorsteps and we begged for just a few more minutes of outdoor play. When we came in the house, we were tired. Exhausted actually. Our parents filled us with meat and vegetables, sometimes pasta and salad. We had no use for a microwave, heck, until I was 8 or 9, I didn’t even know what one was. And the thought of cooking in it was ridiculous. It was meant only for reheating and quick thawing.
Our parents were the first generation of families that actually needed two incomes to keep up the the Jones’. They were the ones that had to figure out how mom could both work and keep the children, keep the house, feed everyone, and still 5 minutes for herself.
We are the results of that learning period.
And our children are suffering from all the conveniences that were thrown into the market to help our moms get through her day. Microwave dinners, giant bags of chips, snack food, junk food, drive through restaurants. It was all about saving time, not about being healthy.
We got through it because we were still in that play outside society. We burned off the unhealthy calories playing tag, and baseball and hide and seek. Though the health problems that face our generation today are huge. Diabetes and Heart Disease can both be directly related to the foods we eat and our activity levels.
Our children suffer more because so many don’t get outside and play. We’ve traded tag for video games, hide and seek for Facebook. Along with that we don’t let our kids outside to play by themselves. Because of the constant fears of child abductions, accidents, and all the other what-ifs, we feel we must be there to monitor their safety, and we don’t have time. So we sign them up for one or two classes per week, that involves activity and the rest of their free time is spent indoors.
So what does all of this have to do with Eric Carl’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar?
The Very Hungry Caterpillar has joined forces with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the American Acadamy of Pediatrics to teach families about healthier eating. This book has been a hit with children since it first hit the shelves in 1969. A timeless classic that inadvertently speaks to children about what the proper foods are that will help them grow and blossom.
Ben was excited when he saw The Very Hungry Caterpillar arrive. Though we own other amazing Eric Carle books, this one was not yet in our collection. He had read it in school and enjoyed it. So as soon as it was out of the parcel, he was reading away. Suggesting to me that I read it too! When a child gets that excited about a book, you know it’s a good one.
I’ve got one copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle to giveaway to one lucky A Busy Mommy reader. To enter, leave a comment below telling me about your biggest struggle when feeding your children healthy foods.
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