My mom always insisted I eat while I was swimming. She would seriously pull me out of the pool, make me eat a snack, and then go back to swimming. Because swimming makes you hungry and hunger in my family is something that must be stopped before it ever starts. To do this day, I have to bring snacks with me when I go to the pool.
My mom does go on and on about TV shows I watch. Usually when I watch the original 90210 (I have the first four season on DVD), she'll go on about how "You didn't even watch this when it was first on"...yeah...cause I was 5. To me it's one of those kind of goofy shows you watch and go...this was really a thing? Just good mindless TV. She always thinks I need to "challenge" myself more. Then she'll pick on me for watching a PBS special or listing to classical music. Make. Up. Your. Mind. By the way, she DVRs General Hospital (now that she has a DVR)...I mean so do I...but if we wanna talk mindless TV...
She also doesn't get why I won't let me dogs eat table scraps or give them anything off my plate when they beg. Because if you give a dog something while they're begging...they'll keep begging! If you ignore them, they give up (especially mine). Also, a lot of scraps aren't good for them. I'll fix them some scrambled eggs, or some ground meat once in a while as treat, but no I'm not feeding them my pizza crust. She thinks it's "not a big deal", but I'm kind of picky about what they do and don't eat. We had a dog who ate almost exactly what we ate, she lived to be 19, so my mom's point is they'll be fine. However, she was very, very overweight, and she was just a bit taller then my two (she was I think 45lbs..and she was corgi/terrier mix), it's very easy for little dogs to become overweight. That's one of the many reasons we're careful about what they eat.
I worry about the dog thing, cause I see her being the same way with my future kid(s). She wants me to give the dogs a treat when they start barking to distract them. Of course that teaches bark=treat. She's kind of the same way with kids. Upset? Here's ice cream to feel better. I want to make sure my kid(s) have better food habits and not teach them to eat to deal with their emotions.
My hope is she remember's what a pain my grandma was to her when I was little (always convinced I was about to drop dead...smoked around me my entire life...cause that makes sense), and curbs her own need to be....helpful.