Between the ages of five and six, my lovely daughter had gained some extra weight. Perhaps you can tell the slight difference.
I guess the problem was that my wife and I couldn't see it. Being so close to the angel caused us as parent to say things like, "She hasn't really gained that much" or "Her body is just going through a change" or the ever popular "It's just baby fat. She'll grow out of it soon." By age seven she was still growing but she looked so cute.
Life was going along smoothly with the whole denial thing. It was only mother nature we said to ourselves. We loved our daughter too much to possibly be responsible for her gaining. As loving and protective as we were, that just could not be so. Unfortunately, during the next visit to the pediatrician, we were in for a rude awakening.
Usually the our visits were friendly and I tried to be humble with all the compliments being thrown in my direction but this time Dr. Bombay blasted us both for being inattentive parents. He said that her weight gain was too fast and we were not taking what was happening to her body seriously. Finally he said that there was no need for this kind of weight gain and we needed to seriously do something about it or what was happening might affect her for the rest of her life.
Well blow me down and call me Elmer but I could not have been more embarrassed. We were given pamphlets and written instructions on what the child should and should not be eating. The junk food and any kind of fatty foods were definitely out of the question and this is not to mention sweets of any kind. We now had to admit that we had been loose and free with the "showing our love through food" game. We were the responsible parties.
We knew that we could cut off the pipeline but how was our little darling going to react when we told her that there would be no more Flintstone Dinosaur-Burgers? We were about to find out.
Our eight-year old darling would hopefully understand.
To be continued...........
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