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My 5yrs.old son has habit of buying candies etc.daily.even i have brought the stock of his choice at home,but even then he wants to buy anything daily.i want to change his habit.what to do?


Asked by Deepal at 3:50 AM on Feb. 25, 2009 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • remove all unacceptable options. Tell him he can choose an apple or a granola bar (or whatever healthy choices you pick out). If YOU don't make candy an option for him, he won't be able to get it. Just seeing the candy does not make it a choice for him. If he cries fro it and you let him buy it then you are teaching him that HE is the boss and he will get what he wants through bad behavior.

    Answer by TessaBianca at 9:57 AM on Feb. 25, 2009

  • There is a remedy for that. Age old. SAY NO.

    Answer by SusieD250 at 3:52 AM on Feb. 25, 2009

  • Take his car keys away.


    Answer by Wimsey at 4:06 AM on Feb. 25, 2009

  • Beyond just saying no, you could give him a very small allowance for doing chores. Then he'd have to use his own money to buy something.

    Answer by toriandgrace at 4:06 AM on Feb. 25, 2009

  • I agree with SusieD...say no.


    Answer by TiccledBlue at 5:34 AM on Feb. 25, 2009

  • Um say no! How does he have money? Chores? Even so ...YOU are the one taking him to the store right? Don't take him unless he understands candy is not on the list.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:40 AM on Feb. 25, 2009

  • um you said he's 5 right??? and you are his mom right?? well how about telling your 5 yr old son no for a change and stop buying it for him. problem solved.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:51 AM on Feb. 25, 2009

  • Tell him in advance of going to the store--here is our list of what we're getting, and we're not getting anything that is not on the list--now here's the hard part, you have to stick to that too--if he sees you buying junk food that is not on the list, naturally why wouldn't he follow your lead?--so you have to set the example--stock up on fruit, but no junk food.

    Answer by Lanasmom at 8:56 AM on Feb. 25, 2009

  • I still buy candy when I go to the store @ long as you limit what he can eat thru out the day, and he isn't tooooooo hyper then there isn't a problem

    Answer by amber325 at 8:57 AM on Feb. 25, 2009

  • Stop giving him money, and give him a healthy snack instead--an apple, banana, pear, or some other piece of fruit. If he's hungry enough, he will eat the fruit. If he's not that hungry, he will still be okay without the candy.

    Answer by NannyB. at 9:15 AM on Feb. 25, 2009