"If we're not willing to settle for junk living, we certainly shouldn't settle for junk food." ~ Sally Edwards
Try telling that to my #2 Son, who would live on junk if I would allow it. How did I raise a kid who only wants pizza, ramen noodles, chicken noodle soup, and anything from a fast food restaurant?
Now I will admit he does have good taste, and loves expensive restaurant food and steak and bbq, as well as roasted chicken. He even asks for salad on occasion. The fact remains, however, that even more than the other kids, who will gladly take a bit of junk now and then, he craves the stuff and would almost live on it, to the exclusion of most things healthy and great detriment to his health.
The kids also seem ready to often settle for junk living, as well. #1 Son is outgrowing this as he becomes more responsible with college and work. Bigger Girl is determined to spend her life working to end all animal cruelty, of every sort. The two younger ones are all about entertainment, when they are done with school and chores and work, and lowest common denominator entertainment at that.
Wrestling on television is one of the ultimates in junk viewing, for example. #2 Son and Little Girl both love it. They also love crude humor; the meanness that seems to pass for funny these days they find highly enjoyable and take great delight in quoting the latest to me not funny at all lines at every opportunity.
Yes, some of it is that they are 14 and 12, and some of it they will probably outgrow, despite the examples of some supposed adults I know to the contrary. Still, the entire culture, the entertainment industry, advertising, everything, seems determined to make and keep them prisoners of junk. Junk food, which destroys their health and therefore their lives. Junk thinking, leaking to junk reasoning and the inability to see when they are being had by whomever controls the information of the moment. Junk activities when they could work to make a difference. Junk lives, the kind of living that leads to not caring what is going on in the world so long as they can still order a pizza on Saturday night and be entertained whenever they want.
I don't want my kids to settle for junk, in their stomachs, in their minds, in their lives.
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