However. After six weeks? When it's already been summer for six weeks and when she was in my care I didn't see any effect like that?
This is upsetting me a bit because it implies that DD's health is poorer.. also, during a couple years in school I was pretty chubby and I got picked on a lot for it and it sticks with me, so I don't want DD to go through that. Of course I would never say anything mean to her about her weight; I would just make sure she had good food and lots of activity (she loves to go out and do stuff).
DD pushes HARD to get junk food, and I limit it quite a bit, and it wouldn't surprise me if XW has just been giving in. There are some other possible things that could be going on, so I'm not going to say 100% that XW has been doing something wrong, but sheesh.
Oh, also she was supposed to get a checkup during the 7 weeks I was gone but it didn't happen, so I'll be setting that up here.
I am so glad I'm not married to XW any more.
This may just be irrational, but I wanted to vent because it was bothering me.
[This message edited by ProbableIceCream at 7:08 PM, August 9th (Saturday)]
Like I said, I'm just venting. :) I'm not going to go on a witch hunt or anything.
Oh, I also remember how much it hurt when my dad used to say I was overweight like I had done something horrible. (Of course if you're familiar with me you know my dad was batshit insane and extremely abusive.) I wouldn't do anything like that to DD, ever.
"If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment."
- Carlos Santana
I don't intend to treat any of these topics as shameful, but I understand they can still be difficult for kids and parents (maybe especially dads?) even under the best of circumstances. And I will continue encouraging the relationship between DD and her mom.
I try very hard to offer my children and my "summer kids" healthy food choices and outdoor activities. This 8-year old girl gained the weight while the other children did not. I suspect part of it is that she must have been eating additional food which I did not "authorize", but part of it also is probably just the way she is. Her mother told me that she was also heavy as a child, so it could be that this girl is following in her mother's footsteps.
As for an ex feeding shitty food to the kids, I've had to let that one go. My ex pumps my kids full of crap. I just have to let it go.
I was slightly chunky until I hit about 12, when I "shaped" and thinned out considerably and grew a couple of inches, my DD, now 21, was the same way - and she is now a size 4 and 5'5".
So, definitely something to pay attention to, but, as you seem to realize, be careful not to give your DD a complex - positive body image and perception is so important for young girls.
Above all, be the heroine, not the victim. - Nora Ephron
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
- J. K. Rowling
And I want her to be healthy, but I think I have that covered in other ways. The reason I moved to this part of the country was to give her much more outdoor time than where we came from (high desert, pretty much stuck indoors 6 months a year).
Sometimes the kids and I get take out, but most of the time they want homemade meals. It's a lot of work but they do appreciate it.
My kids also went through the chunk then grow stages. It was a sign to save money to buy clothes when they started to get chunky, cause they grew like crazy shortly after.
It's hard but do your best to make all meals. It really does pay off later, HS and college.
Having a food related issue too with XH, just the opposite of yours. XH and OW are total health nuts forcing supplements on the kids (what's wrong with the real thing...?)and buying only organic food which is very expensive where we live and telling DDs they have to limit themselves to one glass of milk a day or just a little bit of fruit because it costs a lot of money.... so DDs end up texting me they are hungry and they can't find food in the house. Almost every time DD17 comes back from XH's house, she will open my fridge and comment on how she loves the sight of a well stocked fridge and fruit bowl.
Since apparently carbs are inherently evil and food that is easy to make or consume such as sandwiches is below OW's standards, DDs often go to school without breakfast and snack. I can't always be there to drop school snack/lunch off, so they now both have a checking account and an ATM card so they have access to money to get lunch. I also deposited money with the after school program in case DD11 wants to eat there at times.
As for the chunky phase, we went through that as well, even with all the sports DDs are doing outside of regular PE. Around age 13, DD17 all of sudden started eating a lot more. And even with fairly healthy food, a lot more will lead to weight gain eventually. It lasted for a couple of months and then she had a serious growth spurt and slimmed down again and has been slender and athletic ever since.
All you can do is to make sure you are doing right by your DD. XW will do whatever she pleases anyhow. But it sure is upsetting at times..