Having just been away for 5 days with family, we all know that you tend to let yourselves go a bit and eat and drink lots more than you should.
I don’t think children should be an exception.
I always make sure that little man eats fruit and try to get him to eat healthy food, but it can be difficult.
He loves chocolate biscuits, and chocolate buttons….who doesn’t?
So how do you find the balance of eating good nutritious food and then letting them have a few naughty treats?
It is probably easier to not give them any treats so that they do not get used to having them – but I don’t think that is fair. They should be able to try different foods and have a few sweets; they are children after all.
I like to think I am quite relaxed with food for little man now. If we are away I don’t mind him being spoilt and eating more treats than he usually does.
At nursery, we are lucky that they cook really healthy meals for the children, of which he absolutely loves 90% of the time. I get the sheets at the end of the day which shows all the different meals he has eaten and he usually eats better than I do.
Of course, if I replicated these meals he would never eat them for me, but that’s toddler-hood for you.
I know some parents would not let their children have any treats, and some maybe let them get away with a little too much.
I think we can all agree that there is nothing better than using a bag of chocolate buttons as a bargaining tool for a toddler. Yes I hold my hands up. I bribe my child with chocolate!
So what is the right balance? Is there even such a thing?
As long as they are eating their fruit and veg, and as much healthy food as you can possibly get them to try, then I think we are all winning the food battle of the toddlers.
Busy Working Mummy XOXO