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Fruity Cheerios-- thanks guys

I'm pretty much done with the "all personal responsibility all the time" crowd. Yes, I am a parent, I take care of my kids. But there is a ton of time that I have no control over my kids.

Fruity Cheerios is the kind of product tailor made to undermine my ability to keep my kids sugar intake to a safe level. I stock regular Cheerios (1 gram of sugar per serving) and have since my kids could pick them up. The are a staple, for car rides, walks- the ever convenient ziploc bag of Cheerios- always comes through. Those of you who are parents know exactly what I am talking about.

Now comes this product, that is an obvious rip off of Fruit Loops. Fruit Loops are something no parent in my affluent NJ suburb would keep in the kitchen or anywhere near the kids. They would be stoned to death, reported to the ACLU etc etc. But Fruity Cheerios carry NONE of the stigma associated with Fruit Loops. Cheerios are good healthy, all american, a utlitarian minimalist masterpiece.

Apparently Fruity Cheerios are riding some very long coattails. My 3 year old came bounding into the house last evening, and I asked my nanny what the f she did. In the nicest tone of course, because you can't piss off a nanny in these parts. They talk. Anyway, after some very delicate questioning, I find out that my very good friends had served the kids Fruity Cheerios. w.t.f.

I went to the website where they proudly exclaim that Fruity Cheerios only have 25% less sugar! Gee thanks guys. I am a responsible parent, I bleed for my kids, and you undermine me with manipulative product crap like this?

And the worst of it is that I now have to raise a very uncomfortable issue with a friend and nieghbor I rely on. I guess this is all part of my "personal responsibility"!

Thu. Sep 14, 1:41pm

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25% less sugar than fruit loops.

Thursday, September 14, 2006, 1:43 PM

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Tell you three-year-old to hold out for the REAL Froot Loops and not fall for those fake Fruity Cheerios!!

Seriously, I'm sure your neighbors didn't read the label too carefully, just saw the "Cheerios" part.

Thursday, September 14, 2006, 1:48 PM

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I completely agree!!!! I bought a box of fruity cheerios once, and of course my kids loved them. But when I realized how much sugar is in them, they are now in the same classification as co co puffs or count chocola. They are only for special occassions, like maybe a birthday breakfast, christmas, or vacation. Honey nut cheerios are the same - my kids love them.

It cracks me up that the commercials for honey nut cheerios harp on the fact that it reduces cholesterol, but yet they have like 12-13 grams of sugar per serving or something like that.

I stock up on regular cheerios in the yellow box, and multigrain cheerios.

Thursday, September 14, 2006, 1:48 PM

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maybe this just isn't clear with your post but your kid came home happy and it's because she had cereal and now you're pissed?

are you kidding me? get over it!

now if it's the fact that they're sugar laden and your kid has special dietary needs that you had spoken to your friends and nanny about already, then yes they should be sternly reminded, but I wouldn't go sabotaging your nanny or friendship over one bowl of sugary cereal. There's nothing more honest than a child, so you should teach your child early to stay away from the food... imagine the look on your friends face next time when your child says

"My mommy says I'm not allowed to eat that". Now that's gonna do the trick.

Maybe you can make a lighthearted attempt to be like "oh my goodness what the heck did you feed little timmy? He was off the wall last night?" and when they tell you just go "oh my god that stuff is horrible for the kids, i really try and keep him away from it" Just a slight remark like that will work wonders, not picking up the phone and lecturing your neighbors. Don't become self righteous just because they have a box of cereal that you find abominable.

Or without even saying anything, just have prepackaged baggies for your kid to take elsewhere. One or two visits with their own snacks will really drive the point home to your neigbor, but I really think your best option is passive aggression... if nothing else but to maintain your childs friendships and that with your nanny.

I do praise you for teaching your children healthy lifestyle habits. We could all learn at least that lesson from you. Kudos. (or whatever granola bar of choice you prefer)

Thursday, September 14, 2006, 1:54 PM

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Are you kidding me? All this over fruity cherrios? How about letting your kids have a little fun sometime? One bowl is not going to hurt them, is it?

Thursday, September 14, 2006, 1:58 PM

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do you allow your child to eat ice cream-ever? if so, just chalk this sugary-cereal episode up as one of "those rare occassions" that she had a sugary treat. if not-maybe make it a point to the other primary caregiver of your child-presumably the nanny-that you do not want your child to ever have these types of treats and hold her accountable. if you can trust her with your child, don't you think you should be able to trust her with your child's food intake? and who cares about your reputation with other nannies if your point is valid-and your goal is your child's protection/well-being?

Thursday, September 14, 2006, 2:03 PM

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seriously. maybe you should lighten up or start saving for your childs therapy. the more you hold them back, the harder there going to fight. i can't imagine the issues you'll have when they're ready to drive, or date, or go out late.

the one time isn't going to hurt them. just be tactful if you really feel you need to say something. Diets are like the new religion, nobody is going to want you to force yours on them so just play nice when you talk to them

Thursday, September 14, 2006, 2:04 PM

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I'd like someone to criticize me who is actually a parent. You have no time for this stuff. This stuff is sabotage and makes my life more difficult. Period. I feel as if General Mills is as much of a pain to me as my mother in law!

Thursday, September 14, 2006, 2:04 PM

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we're criticizing the freak out over a single episode because that's what you posted about. If this is a regular issue then maybe phrase it differently, as in "any mom's out there as frustrated as I am with how your children eat when they're over at a friends house?" now that is a legit issue, but you were complaining literally, about a single serving if cereal, so please don't be suprised that people are criticizing the freak out.

I do, however admire the fact that you care that much about your childs diets. More american mothers should be like you in that sense, or else we wouldn't have such obese children.

to whoever called the other posters on here fat moms. please. bring a little more class to a weight loss forum. you're obviously not perfect yourself or else you wouldn't be here. We're giving some stern but constructive criticism, not name calling.

Thursday, September 14, 2006, 2:13 PM

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what do you mean by "this stuff"?

and It looks like the fat comment was taken off. good call.

Thursday, September 14, 2006, 2:21 PM

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