Okay, right off the bat I have to confess that I’ve never watched the real housewives of anywhere and I don’t actually know who Bethany Frankel is, other than seeing her name on the magazines at the checkout line. But several stories that are cropping up about her this morning got my attention. Apparently, Bethany Frankel’s two-year old daughter Bryn is a vegetarian and apparently this is
cause for ridicule, “concern” and speculation. What?
The entertainment blog Wetpaint has a story about it, as does Examiner.com and a few others. What I don’t understand is why.
All over America, there are kids eating a steady diet of ramen and twinkies because their parents aren’t all that involved in their diets. So this Mom actually takes a serious interest in what her child (toddler, mind you, not a teenager) is eating and this sets her up for a public lashing?
One columnist made a bit of fun of Frankel’s claim that the child chooses to be a vegetarian. Why? Are other two-year olds supposed to be dictating what they’ll eat? It doesn’t matter if she chose it or not at this age, does it? How do we know the babies down the street chose to be carnivores?
I think we’re getting pretty ridiculous when we pick on parents who are involved enough to make healthy lifestyle choices for their kids.
Frankel’s attitude toward it sounds pretty sane to me. An article on vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes in Scholastic magazine is what set off this interest in Frankel’s nutritional parenting and Frankel tells Scholastic,
I’m not a hero. As long as Bryn’s eating real food, I never feel bad. And that goes for any treats, too. We try to get all the healthy stuff in so she can have ice cream, too, or a cookie or whatever else. Everyone should get to indulge a little bit every day.”
Frankel seems to have a sane and loving approach to her child’s nutrition. I guess when you’re a celebrity, that leaves you open to a good deal of criticism and snark.
Next week, the tabloids will be freaking out because Matt Damon makes his kids wear coats when it’s cold.