Saturday, January 26, 2008

Obesity Training

I've been going to the gym again and man, it feels good!! Fortunately, my gym has a decent childcare program. Well, at least it seemed like a decent childcare program, until this last time.

First, I need to say that the "Kids Club" consists of a great little play area complete with lots of toys and typically, a friendly staff member. Often when we go, Island Boy is the only child there, and the staff members have always enjoyed spending time with him.

This past Friday, I was happy to see that there were a few other children at the Kids Club when we arrived, so we signed in and I headed off to work out. Before I even got started with my workout I was summoned back to the Kids Club. My heart raced! What could have happened so quickly? He must have fallen and hit his head. On what?! I couldn't imagine. There weren't any sharp corners for him to hit his head on, were there? By the time I had time to think all of these thoughts I was back at the Kids Club and guess what the problem was?

The two children that were in there with him were sitting in chairs up against the wall. Each had his own bag of Pirate's Booty. (Note: the Pirate's Booty was supplied by the children's parents, not by the facility.) Naturally, Island Boy was curious to see what these two were up to (not surprising since this particular staff member didn't seem very interested in actually having to interact with any of the children) and, what a surprise, these two little children didn't like it that a baby was interested in what they were doing. They didn't want to share a single bite of their giant bags of booty and I am so thankful for that.

How many things are wrong with this picture? I probably don't need to point them all out, so let me just say that I solved the "problem" by giving Island Boy a bite of banana (fresh fruit! ever heard of it??!), introducing him to a nice little girl who had just arrived and showing them both some interesting toys to play with. Island Boy had fun playing. I had a great workout and someone's kids got to eat an entire bag of Pirate's Booty each.

7 comments:

Get over it said...

What's wrong with Pirate's Booty? I think it's a healthy snack.

Judy said...

Things i learn from you. I have not heard of Pirate's Booty before.

Amy, Ryan, Aidan & Lauren said...

We are big Pirate's Booty and Veggie Booty fans around here! Seems weird they had to call you back and couldn't solve that problem themselves!

R... said...

Sorry, Booty fans if I was too hard on the Booty! I know you could do a lot worse!

Anonymous said...

Just remember you were seeing a few moments in another child's day, not their entire nutrition for the day or week! The children may have eaten fresh fruit at home! Parenting is not a competition to see who is the better mother. Bet the mom of the other kids was not so critical of you.

R... said...

Yes, well, the point of this post really wasn't about parenting at all. It was about the gym. If you're going to allow kids to have food, other kids will be curious. (and you're not even supposed to have food in there!!) The point really was about the gym staff's handling of the "situation". It was funny, too that "the situation" involved Island Boy merely standing next to the kids and looking at them. He wasn't grabbing or anything (I asked).

Anonymous said...

You are raising a nutrition superstar! Congrats!