So, yesterday my DS1 (7 years old) went out with a friend and had an awesome time. He went to the cinema where they were given popcorn, frozen coke and lollies. They then went for lunch - chicken, chips and juice and even scored a few collector cards. He was thrilled.
It got me thinking. Our house is 'boring'! We have very very limited sugar and any 'treat' type stuff is home-made. I only allow limited screen time and encourage my children and their guests (when they have them, but that is also limited) to play outside or board games.
Did you grow up in a house that was pretty strict? How do you look back at it now? I try to tell DS1 that one day he will thank me for looking after his health. And I believe his good attention span and progress at school is linked to our limited screen time and good diet - but he just thinks we are 'mean' and boring and other households don't seem to be so strict. This is my experience also. I often feel like 'that' parent. Am I too uptight! I want my children to love their childhood, this is so very important to me, but I hate them having lots of sugar and too much screen time!
Feeling a bit crappy about it all