Amy: She wants to help misfit granddaughter

  • Article by: AMY DICKINSON
  • Updated: December 17, 2012 - 2:21 PM

Also: Yes, you believe in Santa

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mplssellDec. 17, 12 9:13 PM

Being concerned about weight and clothes before puberty is like criticizing a caterpillar for eating too many leaves and wearing unflattering stripes. The Butterfly will soon arrive - so be patient.

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Thumper5316Dec. 18, 12 7:35 AM

My middle son believed in Santa until he was about 10. It's harmless. Even today, if my husband or myself are asked if we believe our answer is a resounding "Yes!". There's no need to expound and say that the 'Santa' is more than likely Mom or Dad.

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davethedogDec. 19, 12 2:50 PM

Grandma, any parents who have an obese 10 year old are not "loving, caring, and supportive." They are abusing this girl with too much food and too little activity. The problem is with the parents, not the little girl.

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mnmaggiemnDec. 20, 12 1:24 PM

Dave it doesnt mean they dont love their child. HOWEVER, at ten years old, yes its young to focus on looks but if you dont prepare her now and teach her how to take care of herself properly, (in shape/clothes that fit etc). Just ignore it, teach her to be an overweight poorly dressed slob and yes she will suffer. She will be made fun of, she will have health problems etc. Yes, family should do what they can. My best friends son is very overweight and she doesnt mind that I challenge him will silly stuff like, I bet you cant run around the house x amount of times etc. He doesnt see it as mean, he sees it as a fun challenge/game. I WISH SOMEONE WOULD HAVE TAKEN THIS TIME WITH ME! I struggled with weight and had no clue how to dress nice or take care of myself because my mom was working round the clock and didnt have the time to take care of these things with me, I was in my early 20's before I realized how to dress appropriately and to learn that I was hurting myself with my weight and its still a struggle now and always will be because I wasnt trained early on and my old habits I was allowed as a kid try to pick up and I have to fight them. I would not wish this on my daughter at all

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davethedogDec. 21, 1210:13 PM

I'm sure they love their child the best way they know how. But "loving" parents care deeply about their children's health. "Loving" parents put their children's needs before their own. And if that means changing eating and exercise habits for the whole family, well so be it. It's not enough to just "do what they can", they need to do everything possible.

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