My daugther Vanessa has always had a good apetite, but lately I've noticed she seems hungrier than ever. I'm sure it has to do with the fact that she's involved in several sports this year and she's burning a lot of calories. Nothing makes me happier than to watch her enjoy what I serve her, especially because she's not picky at all and, other than beans, she pretty much eats everything we give her!

While I make sure my kids eat a balanced and healthy diet, I don't really worry too much about their weight. So I almost killed my mother-in-law the other day when my daughter asked for seconds and she said: "¡Cuidado que te vas a engordar!" 

Who the hell tells a 6-year-old to watch what they're eating because they'll get fat? I love my MIL, but I was livid when she said that. I wanted to say something nasty to her, but that would've been disrespectful, so I kept my mouth shut.

Luckily, Vanessa paid no attention to her and kept on eating. In all honesty, I don't think my daughter even knows what "engordar" means. I should've probably said something to my suegra later on that day, but I decided to let it go. 

I'm one of those very lucky women who's never really had issues with her weight. I don't obsess over the way I look, but I do give importance to being healthy. One thing I do want to make sure is that my daughter is as confident as possible about her body and her physical appearance. 

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That's why, even though deep down inside, I'm sure my MIL meant no harm, I was really bothered by the message behind her comment.

Would you have said something to your suegra if she had said this to your daughter? Share your thoughts with us by leaving us a comment below.

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Roxana A. Soto is Features Editor for MamásLatinas. She's a bilingual and bicultural journalist born in Peru and raised in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa and Miami. She's also mom to a girl in 3rd grade and a boy in Kinder. She loves books, languages, traveling and good food – especially when cooked by someone else.

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libel...

Yes probably! I take care of whatever I say, because I don't want my daughter to be worry about her weight at such a young age (she's 7). I encourage her to eat whatever I cook and serve her, because I want her to be healthy and strong.

Tal vez tu suegra como dices no tenia mala intencion, pero de verdad que debemos cuidar mucho lo que decimos, porque los ninos pueden interpretarlo de otra manera y empezar a crecer inseguros por ese tipo de comentarios.

Mary1983

 

Good for you! Dont listen to your mother-in-law ...

    They think they know everything and will always try to get under your skin! My Daughters are like your Daughter, they eat healthy and are very active ... I dont worry about weight with them. - (but mine, Ugh ...    I cant get rid of prego weight ...  lol ) ... all in all, my doc says Im healthy and thats what counts !

 

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