How many times have you, in your parent life, only realised that you’re actually really hungry when you see the kids eating? Me? Many times. We’ve all been there. So busy feeding the children and planning meals and thinking up tot-friendly snack ideas that we completely forget about ourselves.
It’s not that I’m not in touch with my appetite (I am), it’s more that life as a parent can be so busy sometimes that you simply don’t get a chance to eat – or you’re so tied up with looking after everyone else you forget about yourself. That’s my experience, anyway.
Since earlier this year, I made it my mission to start putting myself at the top of the agenda more. I find that when I give myself a bit of love, I have more love to go round everyone else. And, for me, food is a huge part of that love. I love cooking, I love feeding people, but I also love eating. But you know what I discovered? I also love eating MY KIDS’ SNACKS!
It started on a miserable Monday. The girls were at school, Simon was at work and I was working from home. The cupboards were bare. I was starving. Rifling through the kitchen I found that although my cupboards were bare, the kids’ stash of snacks was veritably overflowing. And that’s when I swiped a packet of the Organix Cheese and Onion Lentil Hoops for myself. As a cheese and onion hater, you’ll understand this really was the last resort for me. But after tasting them… I was converted. I feel no guilt. It was a desperate moment. I am not ashamed.
Anyway, since that dark day I’ve found myself retreating to the kids’ snack cupboard more and more. Especially when they’re stocked with things like Strawberry Rice Cakes and Gingerbread Men Biscuits. I also find the Cocoa Fruit and Seed Bites make an excellent afternoon snack.
Of course, my children aren’t overly impressed with my new-found snack habit. But, as I’ve told them, they’re not the only ones who have to put up with parents swiping their goods. In a recent Organix survey nearly half of parents admitted to sneakily stealing their little one’s snacks under the guise of tasting to “check it’s OK”. And one in four mums and dads admitted to pinching their kids’ snacks because they taste so good.
The survey also found that nearly a third of parents confessed they often end up finishing their child’s leftovers. Been there, done that.
This video created by Organix pretty much sums up the issue…
So tell me, have you ever been guilty of stealing your kids’ snacks? Tell me I’m not alone….!
Thanks to Organix for commissioning this post as part of the No Junk Journey campaign. To find out how I work with brands check out my Work With Me page.