The man, through his hilarious rant, brings forth an interesting fact about how an individual's food philosophy impacts their parenting skill.
Getting children to eat is one of the many perils parents have to face while bringing up their kids. Oftentimes, the process of making children eat healthy can get complicated. They do not want to indulge in veggies that are good for their health and instead prefer fast food which hardly has any health benefits. However, one father on TikTok is going through a different problem as he struggles to even get his children to try fast food. Through the video by @drumbeatlane, the father wants to warn prospective parents about how different eating philosophies are going to have an impact on the way parents approach food in terms of their children.
The video begins with Justin Kellough going on a rant that prospective parents are not given a few pieces of crucial information at the start of their parenting journey. He shared that "75% of parenting is begging children to eat." He further adds that it's not for eating things like Brocolli but tasty food like hamburgers and chicken nuggets as well. He seems frustrated that children just after a bite of their food ask "Can I have a treat." Thereafter, he goes on to answer the most popular suggestion that "they'll eat when they are hungry."
In response to this, the Tiktoker began to explain partner dynamics and how in a relationship oftentimes the individuals that are paired have unique food philosophies. He explains, “You are always partnered with somebody who has different food philosophies than you, okay? You're broken in certain ways about food. They're broken in different ways about food, and you collide when you're trying to get your kids to eat their dinner.” These different experiences lead to constant conflict in the house as both parents try to infuse their own opinions. Even though Kellough is clearly irritated by all of this, he also finds the fun in it. He is amused at the "audacity" of children to ask for treats just after eating half a bite of pizza.
Basic functions like pooping and brushing teeth also require constant requests from parents to children. He makes fun of the fact that children need to be kept functional by parents through begging. In the caption, Kellough wrote, “Can you tell we just got done with another wonderful family dinner where everyone ate until they were full and didn’t complain? I am so tired of begging kids to eat, but I’ll get arrested if they don’t eat, and if they only eat the food they want they will either be morbidly obese or malnourished."
The comment section was filled with parents sharing their own experiences with children. They could relate to the rant too much. @tararolyat shared the struggles she has had with her kid and wrote, "I'm begging my child to drink water, it's exhausting." @x_ray_k shared her experience with begging and commented, "I also have to beg my kids to just taste foods that normal kids LOVE. They hate nearly everything." @amandashockley339 wrote: "4 kids and this is my daily struggle." "This is literally our life right now. Daily battle," wrote @greenguy54321.