Today I was reminded yet again how easy it is to turn to food for comfort.
My stepson is in the process of taking his GCSEs but having a bad time at his mum's so he is now living with us full time (we were having him 4 nights a week due to problems at home anyway).
My immediate response to this news was to make him an extra special (calorie laden) tea and get him some chocolate and other treats.
Luckily I had a moment of clarity! I had to consciously stop myself buying him lots of comfort food. I realised that by doing this I would encourage him to comfort eat - an issue I (and many others) have constantly battled with.
So we had a pretty normal tea but hubby bought my stepson a few non food treats to cheer him up and they've just had a nice walk and a chat.
I pretty pleased that I avoided indulging my stepson in my bad habits as it would have been so easy for me to blindly carry on and buy him lots of "treats" thinking I was doing something nice for him.
I wonder how many of us pass on these bad habits without knowing!