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If you’ve seen our Rewind the Future video, you’ve met Jim and his family (the video is super short and well worth the visit). If some of the scenes look familiar, you’re not alone.
Although Jim’s character is fictional, and his story is a dramatization, sadly similar real-life examples happen every day across Georgia. Taking a lead from the video, let’s look at what Jim’s mom has written in the diary she’s kept over the years. Perhaps you’ll relate...
Keep clicking for more confessions from Jim's mom or click here to learn more about rewinding the future.
It’s hard to believe my baby boy is already three! Why did I think the "terrible twos" would magically stop at age three? HA! Wrong.
Thank goodness for the handy-dandy sippy cup, though. When Jimmy is mid-tantrum, I just fill it with juice and keep it coming. Works like a charm. Plus, I figure juice is from fruit, so it’s good for him, right? He’s obsessed with apples these days—his favorite t-shirt has a giant apple on it and he can even say "more APP-o juice, PEEZ!" My boy must be a genius.
I’m a little concerned about an article I read about juice being bad because it’s full of sugar. But if I take away the sippy, Jimmy throws an even bigger fit. What’s a tired mama to do? (I say, give the boy his juice. What’s a little extra sugar when it makes him so happy—and keeps me sane!?)
Jimbo definitely takes after my side of the family…he’s never met a junk food he didn't like! Now that he’s eight, he’s still carrying some baby fat, but I’m sure he’ll thin out as he gets older.
Then again, I do worry about his nutrition. I’m really trying to do better about buying healthy food. We’re even cutting back on fast food and soda. But now that he’s in school, Jim has bad food tempting him from all directions.
At school, his teachers give candy as rewards. When he goes to a friend's house, his friends share the chips and sweets their parents buy. Even his coach brings sports drinks and donuts to practice. I know they’re all trying to be nice, but they’re making it tough to keep Jim on track with his weight.
Jimmy loves his teachers, coaches and friends’ parents, so I’d feel awkward asking them to hand out healthier food. And I hate to constantly nag Jim about his choices because I don’t want him to feel bad about himself. Where’s a good parenting manual when I need one?!
Rough day. Jim and I just came from our pediatrician. She’s really worried about his weight. I know he’s gotten heavy, but I thought that was normal just before puberty.
Jim’s PE teacher and the school nurse are also on me about his lack of activity. They say he didn’t do well on the PE fitness test and can’t keep up with the other kids. Poor guy...he really hates PE. I mean, not every kid is athletic. Jimmy’s loves video games, just like his dad. And when he does go outside to play games, the other boys always win. So why bother?
I love my son with all my heart and I want him to be healthy. But I honestly don’t know how or where to start. Deep down, I wonder if I’m to blame for his weight problem. But if I force him to eat food he dislikes and do activities he hates (while the jocks tease him even more), he’ll resent me. I just want my boy to be happy.
Jim wasn’t exactly thrilled with the treadmill we gave him for his 15th birthday this week. He said it was bad enough his 'friends' call him fat—now he thinks we are too. It broke my heart.
Jim’s in a bad place, physically and emotionally. He’s sad about his weight, so he eats more to feel better. And the bigger he gets, the more he sits on the couch. We’d hoped the treadmill would inspire him to exercise in the privacy of our own home, but it just seems to have poured salt on his wounds.
Now what? What can we do to help our son without upsetting him even more? He’s nearly an adult, so I’m wondering if there’s really anything we can do. Maybe Jim is just destined to be big his whole life. Right now, I’m really wishing we could go back to when he was little and have a do-over.
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