Now here’s a petition I gladly support.
Whenever I take my kids shopping they always ask me for last minute items at the check out line and it doesn’t matter which store we end up at. They either want playing cards, gums, or M&Ms — basically, whatever they see at the check out line, they automatically want.
And each and every time I’m forced to say no because my purse doesn’t need another mini-sanitizer bottle and my kids don’t need a Kit-Kat bar.
I’m sure a lot of parents can agree with me that the things you see at the check out counter are useless and a waste of money. But one mother is taking things a step further and is aiming to do something about this frustration so many parents can relate to. She’s so sick of seeing all the candy, sugar and diabetes bars (as my husband likes to call them) and the grocery check out lane and that’s why she’s calling out other parents to do this.
According to reports, one Michigan mom named Jane Kramer wants the grocery chain Meijer to remove all junk food, tabloids and magazines from their checkout lines – to avoid temptation.
She believes the magazines promote unattainable standards of beauty and body image and the tabloids make fun of people’s weight and appearance.
And we can’t say that she’s not right. We all see these same magazines and temptations that are right at eye level for our children who we know are reading those headlines.
That’s why Jane started an initiative on Change.org in September of 2016, after becoming alarmed by the lack of healthy options and the effect time spent at the checkout stand had on her 13-year-old son.
The initiative targets Meijer grocery stores throughout Michigan—as well as Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Kentucky.
“I’m not trying to tell people what they should eat,” Kramer says. “With all the health issues in our country, it increases the cost of healthcare. They can do so much better, it just has to be re-imagined and supportive.”
Plus, she wants to do what’s better for our kids. Instead of candy, she believes grocery stores should promote healthy eating instead. And so far she’s gotten plenty of support from her local parenting community as well.
What Do You Think?
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