Grace loves goodies. What child doesn't?
She has been eating goodies for more than a year, thanks in part to well-meaning relatives who have offered her M&Ms or Pepsi. Halloween stash. Christmas stocking. Easter basket. There are a lot of occasions on which we give and receive treats.
We all have a choice when it comes to our children and their intake of sweets and other junk food.
- None at all – Parents who choose this option restrict all junk food. Their children eat none at all.
Recently, I spoke with a mother who claimed that her two-year-old had never tasted pop, chocolate, cookies, potato chips, and other junk food. She smugly informed me that her daughter's idea of a sweet treat was the five animal crackers she gets at bed time.
I wonder what will happen when this little girl grows up and starts making her own food decisions.
- In moderation – Parents who choose this option allow their children to partake in dessert at family meals, and they may have a piece of candy or a cookie now and then.
I think this is the smartest option. In allowing kids to sample goodies now and then, we're teaching them good eating habits. They learn from our example that goodies are a sometimes food. (Do you know where that sentence comes from? There may be a little something in it for the first person who writes it in the comments.) In learning moderation, kids learn that they sweets are something that we do indulge in, but not every day.
- Whenever they want – Parents who choose this option allow their children to eat whatever they want, whenever they want.
I don't think I need to elaborate on why this option is undesirable.
Obviously, we are in the #2 group. We allow Grace to have sweets now and then. Last night, for instance, we drove to the local ice cream shop, and each of us had a cone. Grace loves ice cream, but she knows that we won't be going back for more today or tomorrow or the next day.
I think that's exactly how it should be.
Grace's Kitchen Friends
Please join in Grace's Kitchen Friends! To play along, all you have to do is fill out Mr. Linky below. (If Mr. Linky isn't there, leave your link in the comments.) You can link up any post that talks about kids and food:
- feeding kids
- cooking with kids
- play with food or play kitchens
- crafts with or about food
- and probably a lot of other kids and food things I can't think of now.
I'm easy like that, Dear Reader. The only thing I ask is that you link back here to Grace's Kitchen Friends in your post. I can't wait to see what your kids are doing!
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