Whitney’s Note: Bwahahahahahaha… oh my SNORING! No worries, friends… I read over Madre’s entry about global warming and made her change the subject IMMEDIATELY to a more respectable topic… CHOCOLATE and it’s effect on the cellulite. Kidding again… I asked my mom to guest blog about her decision to put me on a “die”t at the age of 7. She will share her thoughts today and then tomorrow, I will guest blog on my own blog to share my point of view on the same topic. For those of you who are mothers/fathers who have kids with weight problems, maybe some of these thoughts will help you! Thank you, Madre for being willing to do this.
After much persuasion I have agreed to guest post on Whitney’s blog today. By way of introduction I am the proud mother of Whitney and couldn’t be happier that she is finally seeing her potential. I am blown away by her writings, but shouldn’t be surprised because she has always been a gifted writer.
Don’t expect the same humor Whitney has a knack of incorporating – I might be a bit boring so I apologize in advance.
Whitney asked me to address my decision to put her on a diet at the young age of 7. There is no training beforehand on how to be a mother so it just comes with trial and error and I’ll admit I that I was trying to do what I thought was best for Whitney. But hindsight is the best teacher so now that I look back I think I should have handled it differently.
I usually hid the cookies or candy thinking this would be a deterrent. If I had it to do over again I wouldn’t do that. I think it had the opposite effect because if you know you can’t have something and feel deprived it forces you to go to extreme measures to get what you can’t have. I got after Whitney a lot for sneaking into things and that had to have been frustrating for her.
It took me awhile to figure out that no amount of nagging from me was going to do a bit of good. But I finally GOT it and just started making sure Whitney knew of my unconditional love for her. I drove her crazy with hugs and kisses and looked for ways to encourage and praise her. And I prayed!
Her sister Lindsay, who I’m also extremely proud of, didn’t have any problems with weight and could eat anything and everything she wanted without ever gaining a pound. She became an aerobics instructor at the age of 15 at a local gym and was an exercise fanatic. I tell you this so you can get a feel for the chemistry in the home. Whitney gained weight just by looking at food and hated exercise back then.
But not now, you should see her go! When I have crashed for the night and out cold in my recliner, Whitney is getting her second wind and heads out on her almost daily excursion.
So, all you mothers out there, go ahead and learn from my mistakes. Don’t go overboard. Moderation in all things is the key. The most important thing you can do is love your children. In spite of my mistakes, it’s a sweet thing to see where Whitney is at today. She is a totally different person with a whole new outlook on life. The world is at her feet!
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
– Maya Angelou
Question of the Day: Do you regret anything about your childhood? If so, what would it be?