I have to confess to being a massive fan.....guilty secret!
But last week there was a really interesting conversation between Alicia and some of the other housemates and it was around the diet she feeds her 3 year old daughter.
Now Alicia is obviously into her heathy eating in a big way and she quite rightly wants to give her daughter healthy food and limit her treats, however she said that she would not allow her daughter to go to a kids party if there was going to be unhealthy sugary food there, and if her daughter really wanted to go she would speak to the parents and give them food that her daughter was allowed to eat.
Now that got me thinking, is that right???
As much as we all know sugary treats are bad for us and we want to set our kids up with healthy eating habits is that a step too far?
If we ban our kids from treats completey are we at risk of them getting older and rebelling completely and becoming sugar addicts as they were never allowed it ever.
Is there some truth in the thought that if you take something away completely it just becomes really attractive to our kids, the forbidden fruit.
Are we better to let them have some in moderation and not make it a compete ban?
Never mind the isolation the child may feel as the only one in the room eating different food?
That got me then to thinking about how I feed my daughter. I have said before that I have reared a little sugar addict as Jessica has a terrible sweet tooth and I do feel responsible for that.
How am I dealing with it?
Well I am trying to reduce the sugar she has, I am trying to teach her that sugar is bad for her health and teeth, whilst not mentioning weight, as she is only 8 and I do my upmost to make all food choices about health and never weight. As a mother of a girl especially I am really conscious that she is never aware of dieting etc.
I however am allowing sugar in moderation and certainly at parties etc I would never dream of not allowing her to have the same as the other kids.
That is my opinion on it however and I appreciate some may see it differently and see a ban as a good thing for their kids.
I would be really interested in your thoughts?
If you have young kids how do you address treats?
Would you consider a complete ban even at parties?
If your kids have grown up how was it when they were young and do they eat a lot of sugar now?
Please hit reply and share your thoughts with me, I would love to know!