Maybe we should just give ourselves a pass until they get to college. Then they can put on the freshman 15, and we can finally take it off.
Here are seven ways parenting makes us pack on the pounds.
1. Birthday Cake
At some point you will find that almost every weekend you (and by you I mean your child) will be invited to some sort of birthday party situation. And at every birthday party what will you find? If you said birthday cake you would be correct. And after the kids are given a tiny piece, the adults will be handed a huge piece as a "thanks for coming and bringing a gift" kind of sweet gesture. How do you turn that down? I basically just have an all or none personality so when I'm not eating sweets, I'm good but when I am, I'm ALWAYS EATING SWEETS.
2. French Fries
You forgot about McDonald's fries right? Then you succumbed to the ease and comfort that is a Happy Meal, and once again you tasted a McDonald's fry. THEY ARE SO GOOD. THERE IS NO FRY LIKE IT ON THIS PLANET. DAMN YOU AND YOUR SWEET, FRIED, HOT, SALTY DELICIOUSNESS!!!!!!
3. Girl Scout Cookies
You know your nipples got a little tingly when you saw these Samoas. Don't lie! It seems like ever since my daughter became a Daisy a couple of years ago, my house has been full of Girl Scout cookies. If you can resist the temptation of a Thin Mint you are a bigger woman than I.
4. Halloween Candy
So you're on a new diet or cleanse or enjoying a "gluten-free lifestyle" or whatever the hell you're up to when out of nowhere, BOO! It's Halloween, and there's mad candy everywhere you look. You're not weak, inferior, or lacking willpower if you cave and eat 18 "fun-sized" Snickers. And you're certainly not alone.
5. Breakfast Cereal
You haven't had it since you were a kid right? And then you had a kid and thought, "What the heck? They love this stuff, and at least they're eating something in the morning!" I'm sure, like me, you tried a healthy cereal, and your kid looked at it like you just presented them with a big bowl of wet cement. And now, like me, you have a pantry full of delicious Cap n' Crunch which you are solely in charge of eating.
When was the last time (before you had kids) that you whisked up a big batch of chocolate pudding? That's right, you haven't. But kids love pudding! And we love pudding too! Unfortunately the last time I checked, chocolate pudding didn't make any healthy eating star foods lists.
7. Two Dinners
The kids eat at 5:30, and you try not to eat with them, but then you realize that you're starving and you steal a few fish sticks and then a few more until you've really, if you're being honest, eaten dinner. But then, finally, the kids go to bed, and now it's time to actually have a grown-up meal (and no, I never eat lobster but a girl can fantasize!!) and before you know it you've had two dinners. Not cool.
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-By Stefanie Wilder-Taylor