“Julia, stop eating so much chocolate! You’ll get a stomach ache!,” said 3 1/2 -year-old Ailish to her twin sister. Could this be coming from the very girl who cried because I wouldn’t give her another “cookie”?
I try my best to keep excess sugars/sweets out of our cupboards, but it seems every holiday has my girls toting a bag of candy on their way out the door from pre-school. The last was on Valentines Day, a day I remember simply exchanging cards with my grade school mates. They came home with so much candy, Julia remarked “It’s Halloween!”
“No, I replied,” this is Valentines Day. I gently took her bag away (to be tossed away later) and offered her one chocolate. And did the same for Ailish.
With Easter coming up, the girls sprang out of class wearing their handmade bunny hats with crayons scratchings (Ailish’s not half bad filled in the ears with pink and mostly inside the lines, while Julia’s was a typical outside-the-box 1/2 ear partially green, the other with 2 lines of pink) and carrying a handmade paper basket with loads of candy of course. And they’d already begun digging into their treats.
Needless to say, I allow little treats, but monitor carefully (and toss away most of the junk).
I still am amazed that this type of conditioning (sugar-filled holidays) begins as early as Pre-School.
What are your thoughts?
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