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    Yea our house was boring growing up. We didnt have a lot of money for treats and sugary stuff was a rare treat - didnt help me learn portion control as an adult though!!! Which is a negative thing.

    We r pretty relaxed. DH is really into Computer games so kids have access to xbox, pc and both have their own Ipads. We have foxtel, board games and a massive arts and crafts cupboard that they have access to. Outside we have trampoline and Funky Monkey Bars.

    They really have no excuse to b bored! They have friends over regularly and we just leave them to it lol

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    I think every child must think their life is boring to a certain extent, even as an adult I have boring days. My kids will say, I'm bored, and they have lots of toys or books and activities to do. I think when kids have a play date, as a parent you want to make a good impression, so maybe like others said, movies and popcorn was a treat for the little fellow that your son had a playdate with as well. I think in reality, most people don't live an exciting life every day. I treat my kids occasionally if they have been well behaved.

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    OP what is your reasoning for being so strict?

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    Thank you for all your replies J It’s very interesting reading all the different views, particularly those who grew up with strictness.
    I should clarify though, I don’t think that it’s like that for the other family every day. They are a lovely family, whom I know quite well – begin strict I wouldn’t let DS1 go with someone I didn’t know well!! It’s just more that it got me thinking.
    I guess our having friends over at all is very limited. DS1 (7yr old) has a DD (6), DS (2.5) and DD (15months) and we tend to just be our family on weekends and holidays. They mostly play very well together and I don’t often feel the need to have extra’s.
    And we also do have treats at times. We did a cruise recently and the kids all had dessert each night and we do take-away fish and chips maybe once a month, go out for dinners, camping, zoo’s, lots of stuff really! But the sugar thing is my real hang up and I think this is because DS1, as a toddler, would react very badly to sugar and when we really cut it down/out he was much easier to manage. He did have a small melt down after this outing, but overall handled the sugar/stimulation very well.
    I guess I also do want our kids to appreciate the simple things in life. We go to the beach a lot, parks and nature reserves. I was just interested to see how people who perceive their childhood as strict reflect now.
    PS – I’ve now decided to splash out go to movie world next weekend! Just with the fam though. I think I’ve been in baby mode for so long I forget that DS is growing up and keen to experience new things.

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    Well said, OP

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    From your first post I initially had the impression that you did run a pretty boring house that I wouldn't want to grow up in - your subsequent post though I think you are a pretty "normal" household really. We all have some things that we restrict and if it isn't excessive I don't think restricting sugar or screen time are bad things to do.

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    My kids go to the movies only during school holidays so it's usually a popcorn/lolly kinda day anyway.

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    OP my fondest memories from childhood are climbing trees, riding my bike, playing cards with my grandparents etc. I don't think TV is the only option for fun 😊

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    Going off your subsequent post I don't think you sound boring at all. If it helps, my parent's wete super relaxed when it came to junk food and as an adult I'm pretry horrified by what we were allowed to eat. Oh, and I am a sugar addict. I can't just have a little bit and walk away. My DH had a 'sugar strict' family and he is so much better at limiting his sugar amounts and portion control than me. I don't think you're doing anything wrong. I actually think we have a big problem in Aus where we socialise with unhealthy food...so to teach your kids that you can socialise without the need to guts on junk is great, imo. None of my kids have ever had a play date where they've been fed so much junk food.

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    I think most kids are prone to thinking that the grass is greener... I think every kid I've ever spent a lot of time around (and that's a lot of them) has complained that "EVERYONE else does X..."; "Nobody else has to Y" etc.

    I think it's always worth considering your child's point of view. If they can be calm and reasonable enough to have a discussion with you where you can each say what you think are reasonable boundaries and why, then that's a great start. There may be areas where you can compromise. In the end, the parents get the final say, but you may find you're willing to have some wiggle room if your kids can give you calm and clear arguments.


 

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