thenaturalnurturerI definitely let Alice indulge yesterday. Heck, I let myself indulge as well (so many mimosas), and we are feeling the effects of our sugary choices today ten-fold. The day has felt slow and sleepy. Emotions are running high and patience is running low. The Easter hangover is strong and I'm getting a solid reminder why I'm so passionate about keeping sugar to a minimum in our lives.
Alice is typically a sweet and loving child, but when she gets too much sugar in her little growing body...it is like she is a totally different person. And I don't think she is (by any means) a unique situation. I can tell you first hand as a teacher how drastically children's behavior changes when they have too much sugar. Impulse control goes down. Coping mechanisms are forgotten. Frustrations run hot. And they truly can't help it. The sugar causes crazy responds in their little brains and who they truly are is often replaced by this emotional irrational little creature that is not in control of his/her body.
I'm sure this will be a hot button topic for some of you. But I think it's import to talk about regardless. ❗️Sugar is not a right if childhood❗️I'm not against the occasional treat. There is nothing wrong with a cupcake at a birthday party. But there is no need for cookies as a snack. Or Gatorade at the playground. Or sugary cereal for breakfast. Sugar does nothing positive in their little bodies, for their behavior or for their budding eating habits. And the amount of sugar lurking in so much of our food is one of the major culprits of the terrifying rise in childhood obesity.
Take note of how your child acts when he/she has something high in sugar. It's startling for most children. I'm not saying pitch all your kid's easter candy and put them on a sugar detox, guys. There is value in teaching and living balance (of course). But consider asking them to pick 5 pieces...and pitch the rest. Consider not having dessert an expectation of everyday. Consider giving them water in their lunch box instead of juice. Consider how happy, calm and relaxed your home can be without the constant sugar highs and crashes #rantover
- livinglovingpaleoThe sugar struggle is so real! Love this perspective ❤️
- mrsjenamayaYesssssssss! Though I tried to give my little guy some Reese Pieces yesterday and he said no because he thought they were "beans." 🤣Couldn't agree more. Not rocket science to know how bad sugar is for all the reasons you set forth above and a million more.
- maintainingmamaYeeessss, my kids cannot handle sugar at all and we paid the price yesterday. Having them pick 5 is a great idea!
- lindsey__ayersThank you for this post!! We don't do candy, but we let them have some treats yesterday and their behavior was TOTALLY different. I can't help, but to notice and to want to avoid it! Why must candy be the center of so many holidays?! It leaves me feeling guilty that I don't let my kids have it.
- maintainingmama@nka002 Yes, my mother is like this, too!! She is starting to see the effects it has on my kids, and is slooooowllly changing. But she totally sees this as her right as the grandma. I even asked her was this how her grandparents were? Cause her mom did not do that with us, and I wonder where she learned this.. I have also given her the "approved" candy, so she can sort of get her way and my kids are happy.
- table87_Oh my 😍
- thenaturalnurturer@lindsey__ayers I feel like the sugary treats of holidays must have started way back when sugar truly was a rarity. Of course, it is not any longer but the tradition continues to snowball...out of control! And I'm right there with you, I feel bad when I tell Alice she has had enough when the other kids continue to stuff their faces. Of course, we've done so much talking about why too much sugar isn't good that she usually self regulates pretty goo ("I think I've had enough. If I eat more, I'll feel yucky later") but yesterday, well...not so much.
- lindsey__ayers@thenaturalnurturer I agree! I'm just so thankful for like minded mamas so I know I'm not alone. Maybe together, we can all change the world 😊
- thenaturalnurturerTotally agree! Gotta work on changing our own little place in space and the ripple effect will change more than any of us will ever know
- babymangiI am all for natural sugar. I really don't even try to limit it. But processed sugar is a nasty drug in my mind. Yes, we eat it sometimes, but the cravings, the mood swings the detriment to your health... it's hardly ever truly "worth it". And I completely agree, it's not the best part of childhood. Some parents use candy to win affection from or pacify their children and just because it works doesn't mean it's the best option. We have every food company in the world pushing sugar on our kids. I'm on the other side with my bag of grapes (that no kid will ever turn down I should add!) hoping that my kids will learn moderation, self respect and how to say no thanks ✋️ to food that makes them feel badly. I appreciate a bold opinion on the matter. Thanks mama!
- wildlanieCan I love this more than once please!?! I need this to be a blog so I can share it a million times!
- aprylyes! i don't give my disabled step son any treats except for dessert after dinner IF he finishes his meal on time. he doesn't every day and some days he only wants a natural fruit popsicle. we've noticed a difference in him from when he used to live with his mom and eat treats all the time.
- nka002@maintainingmama that's great! And good idea!
- a_of_rcAmen, sister! I agree 💯!
- meryiavicTotally agree
- amysidranLearning these strategies at a young age is super important. Balance. Portion control. Enjoying something slowly. My 6 year old packed up all her Easter candy but a few faves bc she told me that I give her better chocolate anyways. Dark chocolate. One square for desert almost every night and it's so good. And healthy, truly an antioxidant and super food. Satisfies even the craziest sweet tooth. The candy goes to the switch witch in exchange for money to save, spend, or give. @thenaturalnurturer
- danazook@manda9078 very interesting read
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