Monday, May 20, 2013

Why I'm Not Letting Carrots Convince Me I Am A Bad Mom

We live in a world that is oversaturated with information. The internet was born, social media thrives and at the touch of a button you can Google just about anything. Do you ever feel overwhelmed by all of this information? I do.

Let's take those cute little baby carrots for instance. 


baby carrots are good for you
My kids eat them, they love them. (Let me stress that again, they are a vegetable and my kids LOVE them...they are like gold to me.) They are perfect to have on hand and serve with those million and one peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that are made in our house each year. We are making more and more healthy choices in our family and this is my proud moment of being a mom: teaching my kids to love and consume baby carrots.

Ok, so they eat other fruit and vegetables too.

But then I couldn't stop seeing things that people would mention online about how terrible these baby carrots were for you. Seriously, it was ALL over the place. Suddenly I felt like I was feeding my kids poison and forcing them to eat those terrible, terrible things.

I even started buying bags of real carrots. Ya know, the kind that you have to peel and cut yourself. 

why i'm not letting carrots convince me i am a bad mom
I'm lucky that my thumb survived as I attempted to cut those enormous things.

During that time we ate less "healthy" carrots because of the extra work that it took to prep them.

At the end of the week I concluded that this was so stupid. Here I am stressing out about some baby carrots that are going to cause great harm to my little treasures and instead I'm not feeding them any carrots at all.

I finally researched this topic out and discovered some information on those baby carrots.

Needless to say, on my next grocery store run I bought large bags of tiny, cute carrots and we gobbled them up. Why? Because the information that I found didn't cause enough concern for this mom to outweigh the affects in our family of not eating as many carrots.

In an oversaturated, information filled world, I'd like to encourage you to not stress over decisions that you are making as a mom. You are a great mom! 

You know your kids and your family dynamics better than anyone else. Don't let baby carrots stress you out and instead, use information to make decisions that work best for your family. Maybe that means that you are cutting up large carrots, or buying organic ones, or blending them in recipes just so that your kids will eat them.  Either way, you know your family best. You are feeding your children...you are a GREAT mom! 

Do you feel that this information saturated world has affected your parenting. Do you find it easier to make decisions with information more readily available or would you prefer to live in the early 1900's where information was less available?



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12 comments:

  1. Isn't this the truth? And the judgement we, as mothers, face when we choose baby carrots or ones straight from the garden, formula or breast milk, organic or non-organic produce... it's crazy! Love the encouragement in your post because as moms, that's what we need to be offering each other- encouragement rather than judgement. We all love our kids fiercely and do the very best we can by them. Let's build each other up in that! :)
    And BTW, we eat loads of baby carrots at our house- the perfect complement to our millions of PB&Js! ;)

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    1. Kristen,

      I completely agree! I think we need WAY more encouragement in this area! There are so many right choices out there.

      I am also so glad to know that someone else eats the same things that we do! :-) Thanks for all that you shared.

      ~Sarah

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  2. I've been seeing that baby carrot stuff all over Facebook too. I finally looked it up on Snopes and it's not half as bad as the reports I was seeing. And I'm sure ALL or most of our store bought veggies aren't much different than bagged baby carrots. I agree, we get too much info through social media and a lot of it isn't accurate and it's all a bit overwhelming.

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    1. Karen,

      You are so right, and I too am so thankful for snopes.com!

      ~Sarah

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  3. I was recently thinking about how I am tempted at every turn to run to the internet and "look it up". I've begun to be a little concerned about how tied I am to *knowing* an answer and not just experiencing it or feeling my way through whatever it is. I'm attempting to rewire that about myself and trying to convince myself that *not knowing* is OKAY. Don't get me wrong - the internet is a great tool and I won't abandon it completely, but I won't let it be my way of experiencing life either. Another facet of my new life mantra - Embrace God's mess and find Him in it.

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    1. Melissa,

      You hit it right on the head on this one. I agree that most of the time I would rather just "not know" because I don't have the time nor energy to look up every concern. Plus with all of the information out there you can easily find multiple answers and it only gets more confusing. I think I'll embrace your new mantra too! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  4. Hm, I haven't seen any of this info on how bad they are, we eat them all the time...frankly, I don't want to know! Great post :)

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    1. Heidi,

      You are lucky that you haven't seen the stuff on this! I hope I saved you time if you ever do see something on these...it isn't worth the time to read it...just move on and keep eating those wonderful things! Who has time to peel carrots with twins in the house anyway. ;-)

      ~Sarah

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  5. I JUST had this conversation with coworkers as I was eating the poisonous carrots! I immediately looked it up and proved them wrong. Information can work both ways, but we definitely have too much at our finger tips sometimes.

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    1. Kristin,

      Too funny, so glad that you found the right answer. :-)

      ~Sarah

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  6. I'm not even going to read about the death carrots.... I do love baby carrots! They're a lazy person's dream come true!

    I was told by at least 2 people while I was pregnant to stop drinking Soya Milk because it would make my baby gay. Hmmmm how nice. Now we're blaming homosexuality on Soya Milk. I did ask my doctor if there was any reason I should stop consuming Soya products while pregnant and she said no. And since no one could actually produce a scholarly article on the subject I chose to take my chances. My son appears to be perfectly happy and healthy. And if he grows up to be gay like they claimed I guess that's all Mommy's fault :P but I'll love him no matter what, so who cares!

    You just have to do what feels right for you and your family. If you make the wrong decision...deal with it and move on.

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