It is Worth it

dinner
I disagree with almost everything about this article

In recent years, the home-cooked meal has increasingly been offered up as the solution to our country’s burgeoning nutrition-related health problems of heart disease and diabetes. But while home-cooked meals are typically healthier than restaurant food, sociologists Sarah Bowen, Sinikka Elliott, and Joslyn Brenton from North Carolina State University argue that the stress that cooking puts on people, particularly women, may not be worth the trade-off.

Yes cooking does take a huge amount of time, effort, and (initially) money. But the payoff, in terms of health, and especially socialization and family unity are huge.

My children are 7 and 9, and for most of the last decade I have hated eating with them. Its always a struggle to get them to eat what’s in front of them, not fight with each other, and get (at least most of) the food from the plate to their mouth without leaving it all on the floor and table. Also, my younger daughter often falls off of her chair. No, really.

But I am starting to see the end of the tunnel. They are learning to have interesting conversations during dinner. They are becoming more tolerant of new foods (at least relatively speaking), and someday they might stop pinching, kicking and screaming at each other. Until then, we put them on opposite ends of the table.

Its called parenting. It mostly sucks, but then we have those moments, like last night, when your children start to look and behave like humans. And then its awesome.

I found this sentence from the article particularly shortsighted:

The women interviewed faced not just children but grown adults who are whiny, picky, and ungrateful for their efforts.

Well, duh! It wasn’t so long ago that they were also shitting in their pants. I suppose this means that modern parenting is over-emphasizing indoor plumbing? I mean, it takes a lot of money, time, and effort to set up a functional bathroom. No, parenting requires slogging through that crap so that the adults we produce are healthy, functional members of society.

This article is right on point about how damaging poverty is to the family unit. Erratic schedules, poor facilities and lack of knowledge about health and cooking are definitely obstacles in far too many people’s lives. But I’m pretty sure McDonalds Big Macs are not the solution here.


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