When you watch your orange faced baby merrily dropping globs of pureed veg off the side of the highchair, you can’t imagine that you’ll ever feed them a foodstuff that has the word “gummy” or “pop” in the name. Eventually we all do just that and hope we’re striking the right balance. Sweets are a rare treat in our house. These big guns only appear as a major reward. Or if you’re bleeding.
Friends think I’m OTT in my treat-policing and I’m starting to wonder if they might be right. In being so strict I seem to have elevated sweets to some Holy grail type status and Small Stuff becomes obsessed any time she gets a sugary, jelly substance.
Fun size packs of Haribo were given out by a birthday boy at nursery and Small Stuff could speak of nothing else for days. Between mithering for more she was feeding invisible Haribo to her dolls, whipping up batches on her play kitchen and flogging it from her shop. It featured in all her drawings and her piece de resistance was a pile of Haribo recreated in Playdoh.
In attempting to keep sweets as a Big Deal Treat I have done just that- turned them into a big deal with forbidden fruit appeal. When did tiny boxes of raisins stop cutting it?
What’s your approach to treats? I fear I have a sugar junkie in the making!