fast-pitch and the pitches are thrown by a machine. Will is on a T-ball league but they only use a Tee if the batter misses the first five pitches. We thought being on ball teams would provide some exercise and get the kids moving so they weren’t sitting around all summer. We figured it would be a nice, healthy, family-friendly activity.
Each week on a rotational basis each player is assigned to bring drinks or snacks so the kids have each something to eat and drink after each
game. The drink of choice is Gatorade in a variety of flavors. I have no issues with Gatorade but wonder why no one drinks water anymore.
Tonight there was a major mix up at Will’s game. He was assigned
to bring snacks and the person that was assigned to bring drinks brought snacks too. No big deal I thought, each child will just get two snacks instead of a drink and a snack. I allow my children to pick out the drinks & snacks they share with their teams but I insist that they make healthy choices. Will decided he wanted to share boxes of raisins. I thought that was a fantastic choice.
He was so excited about sharing his raisins that he could barely
focus on the game. When the time finally arrived so share snacks the other boy went first and passed out Cosmic Brownies. Will went next and not many team members wanted a box of raisins. He was very disappointed and sad that his teammates didn’t like his snacks. I was livid!
First and foremost I don’t like to see my kids sad for any reason
and I can completely understand that some kids just don’t like raisins. And of course raisins will lose out to Cosmic Brownies any day. What I don’t understand are the parents that brought them. The kids just played ball for a whole hour, why undo every healthy thing they just did by giving them a snack that contains 16 grams of fat and 380 calories? I don’t get it. Why don’t the parents use it as a “teaching” moment and teach the kids what a healthy snack is? Why don’t the coaches provide a list of “healthy” snacks so clueless parents have an idea of what to bring?
I bet I paid double for the raisins as what it cost for the Brownies so maybe money is the issue. I don’t know, I just wish there was a rule that only healthy snacks could be brought to these games. At Mac's game she received a Little Debbie Oatmeal Pie which has 11 grams of fat and 310 calories. Last week she got a bag of cookies and a sucker.
I’m not a strong enough Mom (yet) to forbid my kids from eating these snacks with their teammates after the games but I’m starting to feel
braver. I don’t want to come across the wrong way or to ruffle any feathers and I don’t want my kids to become obsessed about food or calories or fat grams. I just want everyone to think really hard about the damn Cosmic Brownies and all the problems they are causing. Raisons don’t stand a chance in this cut-throat league of parents.