FearLESS Friday #4: Trapped with Teens

For FearLESS Friday I decided to do something culturally uncomfortable. I decided to serve vegetables to teenagers.

This was a big deal for me. I realized I had been living in a cultural crap trap that goes a little like this,

“If I want to be the hero, I need to bring really good junk food.”

This is especially true with my interactions with teenagers.

Why do I fall i nto this trap? It’s easy. Junk is always a socially safe option because you know most teens won’t turn it down. The odds of having your treat well accepted are high. Plus, when their mouths are full, I can get in a few words.

I really wanted to be the hero and arrive at the gathering with some kind of Fancy Junk Supreme. But, I wanted to be brave this week and serve vegetables. This kind of bravery is the specialty of the Don’t Panic Mom community. The cucumbers and green beans went the fastest, followed by broccoli. I didn’t even serve a goopy dip.

After this week I feel much better about being the lady who brings vegetables. I kind of like that reputation.

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1 Comment

  1. Brittany Braun says:

    I feel that it is a misconception that kids and teens only want junk food. Junk food doesn’t always have to be the answer and I think that most people would be pleasantly surprised if they offered healthier options. I honestly believe, if given the opportunity, most kids and teens will make smart choices. I’m not saying they will always choose the healthier option or that they will never eat junk food. My kids are a good example they drink Kool-Aid, eat the occasional fruit snack, and enjoy a piece of candy but when given the opportunity my kids will happily devour fruit and veggies, cheese, yogurt, and healthy smoothies with out so much as a plea for something junkier. I think you ROCKED for offering something different from the norm but don’t don’t be afraid to serve certain foods, instead put a Don’t Panic Mom healthy spin on junk food… healthy junk food, is it possible!? I think so!

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