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I've spoken a lot here about how my husband and I work to strike a reasonable balance in terms of the foods our kids eat. We do what we can to make good, healthy - yet relatively fun - options available to them, in a convenient way, but at the same time don't fall to pieces, rending our garments, if they occasionally have some M & M's, or donut holes. My philosophy, generally, is that if I make this big, dramatic deal about this kind of stuff, it'll only make it more alluring. It is, essentially, the Bad Boy Principle, made popular by The Fonz, as well as George Costanza, in that Seinfeld episode from a thousand years ago. Essentially, what I want to avoid is a situation wherein Those M & M's are wearing wee metaphorical leather jackets, revving their tiny metaphorical motorcycles in front of my house.

Before I fall down a rabbit hole of potential new band names (the first one being The Metaphorical Motorcycles), I did want to admit to the fact that despite the above, I do have a few deal breakers. You know, those foods that, try as I might, I just can't handle, and - unlike The Fonz - about which I am totally not cool:


Any sort of sour spray/liquid-type candy -- Why does this exist? Is it solely to ruin my life? My kids recently got this sour candy spray stuff in a holiday basket. It is literally liquid sugar, with what is undoubtedly some extreme cavity- accelerating sour power thrown in for good measure.  Obviously, my kids thought it was the best thing they had ever seen in their lives, and occasionally ask me what happened to it. (What happened to it was that I had to create a diversion involving some sort of jig, in order to toss this into the trash.)

Lollipops the size of one's head - I am actually sort of okay with lollipops, since I may have tricked myself into believing that the ones I let my kids have (those HFCS-free Trader Joe's pops made from fruit) are, if not HEALTHY, at least not the worst candy treat in the world. (See above for that.) Every now and then, however, a lightsaber and/or human head-sized swirly-whirly lollipop finds its way into my house. Everything gets sticky, including my ceilings, somehow, and these pops! What is it about them? They. Never. Get. Smaller. Never again!

Cotton candy and gumballs - No.

What about you? What are your food "deal breakers" for your kids?

  


by on Apr. 4, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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Janet
by Ruby Member on Apr. 7, 2012 at 9:30 AM

 We don't buy candy. My 8 year old is a type 1 diabetic. If he gets low he gets juice.

MommeeTo4
by on Apr. 7, 2012 at 3:15 PM
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SalmonBerry87
by on Apr. 7, 2012 at 8:36 PM
Meat. We don't allow meat.
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LancesMom
by Member on Apr. 7, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Oh I also hated when he'd eat doritos or cheetos and get that all over his clothes. One other thing I avoided was red... koolaid, jello, popsicles! etc. They always stained!

MamaBear2cubs
by Bronze Member on Apr. 7, 2012 at 10:27 PM

These are a no go for us also.

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KristinRox
by on Apr. 7, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Jawbreakers are a no go in my house. Why would anyone want to spend money on cracking your childs tooth????? 

KristinRox
by on Apr. 7, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Every treat bag my kids ever get has these stupid things in it. I take them out right away (without my kids noticing to avoid an argument) and throw them away. 

Quoting lalasmama2007:

I have a ban on pixi stix. There's nothing like dumping sugar right down your throat....no thanks!


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KristinRox
by on Apr. 7, 2012 at 11:22 PM

My 9 yo thinks these are great, and would love for me to allow her to have one. Unfortunately the answer is NO. 

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KristinRox
by on Apr. 7, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Oh and the other thing my kids arent allowed to have is POP/Soda. Its not for them, they have never even tasted it. We dont buy it, so its never in our fridge. Once in a while we will get a drink with our food, but our kids arent allowed to have any.. i just dont want that on their teeth. 

Bmat
by Bronze Member on Apr. 8, 2012 at 9:02 AM

I avoid candies that stick to their teeth or might crack their teeth.

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