Ted and I are all too guilty of over treating and have made it a goal to get this back in control. I feel like the boys are starting to think that sugar is a staple in their diets. Not good! I have cleaned out our pantry and my baking cupboard and am pleased with the outcome. Out of site (meaning out of our house), out of mind! I have found that they boys think it is a "treat" to play water guns outside, do sidewalk chalk, or make playdo, just as much if not more than an ice cream cones or lots of candy. With Easter right around the corner, I have opted out of filling their baskets and eggs with candy. They will each get one chocolate bunny and then I will fill the eggs with stickers, egg shaped sidewalk chalk, some seeds to plant in the garden, fruit snacks, goldfish crackers, etc. The fun is in finding the eggs anyway!
One more thing that I need to stress is that you can't put sugar in front of a toddler or child and tell them not to eat it if they don't want it.......What kid does not want sugar??!!! Of course they want it, but that doesn't mean they should be consuming it!! Would you put that much sugar and junk into your own body? I hope the answer would be no, so then why does it make it okay to put it into someone that is less than a quarter your size? This is the age where healthy habits, in all aspects of life, are LEARNED, we need to be the best teachers we can be!