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National Dessert Day Question #4: How do you keep your kids from eating too many sweets without them feeling "denied"?

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Asked by Cafe BTC at 1:35 PM on Oct. 14, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • we slurge about once a week on something they choose, but its always after a major workout, like playing on the playground or running around

    Answer by Phippsandrea at 1:38 PM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • I usually pick stuff that is prepacked so they are happy to just grab and bag and never know anything different. Or yoguat cups,pudding cups instead of making it. I know more money but they are happy that way.

    Answer by momindiana at 1:38 PM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • We were guilty of allowing dessert every single night--usually a small bowl of ice cream--but decided that it was too much. Now, we have ice cream on weekends only, and give the girls a small piece of chocolate after dinner during the week (by small, I mean a single "snack-size" or "bite-size" candy bar). At first, they protested, but they've gotten used to the idea. We may work toward cutting back even more--maybe making the mid-week treat something like a Hershey's kiss. We're mean like that. ;-)


    Answer by jsbenkert at 1:42 PM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • plenty of exercise after goodies

    Answer by san78 at 1:39 PM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • I give my daughter sweets sparingly so she doesn't remember them much. She doesn't need the added sugar; she's hyper enough all by herself. =)

    Answer by _Tam_ at 1:40 PM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • We try to substitute fruit for sweets.

    Answer by andrea96 at 1:40 PM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • He allowed ONE treat/day. For example today...he had 1/2 cookie. These treats are kept top shelve out of eyeline. :)

    Answer by Mom2Just1 at 1:40 PM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • Only have "healthier" snack around, so no matter what you wont have to feel guilty and they will learn to like only those. I do that, then once in a while for the "REAL" (not good for you) snacks we go out to ice cream or make a special after-school trip to the store for something.

    Answer by Sweet_Hart478 at 1:42 PM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • my son will choose fruit before he chooses a sugary dessert so I don't have to worry about that yet atleast

    Answer by pbilotti at 1:43 PM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • I have very skinny kids with high metabolism who can eat all day (they didn't get it from me). They get something dessert everyday.

    Answer by karamille at 1:42 PM on Oct. 14, 2010