‘It’s not re­al­is­tic to be as strict about treats as Mum’

Woman's Own - - Real Life | The Way I See It -

Lucy Ham­per, 37, is a prop­erty de­vel­oper and part-time model. She is sin­gle and lives in Lon­don with her son Carter, nine. Her mother is Penny Ham­per, 62, a re­cep­tion­ist, who is di­vorced and lives in Hert­ford­shire.

Lucy says: piled high with crisps, choco­late and sweets for my son carter, the tuck cup­board in my kitchen goes against every­thing my mother be­lieves in. i can still hear her gasp of hor­ror when she first looked inside the cup­board and learnt it was all for carter.

al­though i’ve al­ways been con­scious of feed­ing my son nu­tri­tious meals, it’s not re­al­is­tic to be as strict about treats as Mum was when i was a child. she’s al­ways been into clean eat­ing and when my sis­ter and i were kids, we weren’t al­lowed red meat, any­thing cooked with oil or salt and cer­tainly no ‘tuck’.

there weren’t any snacks and fam­ily meals were usu­ally a piece of fish with boiled pota­toes.

Ul­ti­mately, Mum’s strict regime has stood me in good stead. But when i had carter, i was adamant i’d have a more re­laxed at­ti­tude to his diet. carter plays rugby and when he gets home from school, he’s rav­en­ous. i’ll give him a snack of car­rots and hou­mous and if he wants crisps, he can have them. i’m teach­ing him a healthy at­ti­tude to food. it’s not some­thing to ob­sess over or turn into an en­emy. carter never com­plains when he eats at Mum’s, but dives straight into the cup­board when he gets home, which tells me every­thing.

Caught in the mid­dle: Carter, mum Lucy and grandma Penny

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