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"Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the well being of our own children is intimately linked to the well being of all other people's children. After all, when one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else's child will perform it. When one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else's child will commit it. The good life for our own children can be secured only if it is also secured for all other people's children. But to work for the well being of all children is not just a practical matter-- it is also right!" - Lilian G. Katz, Phd.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Oh food- such a tortured relationship...

Feeding frenzy - Life: "I know I should only feed my kids organics and deny them fructose. But shouldn't they learn the value of a good hot fudge sundae?

Editor's note: Excerpted from 'The Imperfect Mom: Candid Confessions of Mothers Living in the Real World,' edited by Therese J. Borchard and published by Broadway Books.

By Mary Elizabeth Williams

April 26, 2006 | I knew I wasn't doing a bang up job feeding my kid before she was even born. I'd been taking prenatal vitamins and drinking calcium fortified orange juice, but I also laughed in horror when I picked up a pregnancy guide that suggested whole wheat oatmeal cookies (ha!) as a once-a-month (ha! ha! HA!) treat. The turning point was when I took a sample class from a natural childbirth instructor, and she asked us all to write down everything we'd eaten that day. I didn't get any extra credit for honesty when I handed in my sheet -- I had cheerfully hoovered a slice of pepperoni pizza and hot fudge sundae minutes before the class commenced. The teacher looked at the page as if I'd confessed to washing down my crack with a forty of malt liquor. 'You know,' she said, 'everything that goes into you goes into your baby. But it's okay,' she added brightly, 'you can do better tomorrow.' I hung my cured"

I feel this conflicted myself. Then there is the whole, can I afford to eat healthy, and can I afford not to, dichotomy....