My kids have never had soft drink, but I gave my 16ish month child lollies on a train once. It had been a huge day out, she was totally over it, and was screaming, and nothing would settle her. Everyone was staring at me, and she was being more than disruptive - this child had a scream that could wake the dead. People had to stop their conversations because they couldn't hear each other over her screeaming, it was bad. My older child had some lollies that her Nan had given her, so I fed my 16 month old jelly babies for the rest of the trip. She ate about 5, and chewed them up and spat them out again and made a huge mess, but she was quiet after that. Was it healthy? No. Jelly babies are full of preservatives and sugars and colours. She is 3 now and has had a lolly maybe once or twice ever since that day. I don't 'do' lollies usually, but on the odd occasion - meh. I don't see why coke is much worse than lollies (apart from the caffeine) - it's all sugar and colours and crap, and of course it's not healthy. But I guess the difference is whether it is a once off, or a regular occurrence.
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10-11-2014 19:18 #61
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Soooo, dd age 3 just asked me for coke!!! Ummm, no way lol. (we have a bottle in the fridge which is very rare)
10-11-2014 19:24 #63
10-11-2014 19:26 #64
@cheeeeesecake not to single you out (but I will ) the thing that drives me nuts about threads like these is the need people have to come on here and say "my kids have had 3 lollies in their entire life but really do what you want". I don't believe posters who write that mean that at all.
I was sanctimonious about my kids and their diet when I had 1 child. She got to nearly 4 without knowing what soft drink was and only having lollies at parties (and then it was natural confectionery company - inner city Melbourne parents ). My second was about 8 months old when she had her first chocolate (given to her by DD1 who had discovered this wonderful product and wanted to share).
My kids love their treats, and I'm pretty comfortable with my decision about how often they have them. Sometimes it can even (shock horror) be every day!
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10-11-2014 19:28 #65
It just seems to be a pretty harsh thing to be judgemental about.
10-11-2014 19:44 #66
10-11-2014 19:44 #67
Well MY kids have never had soft drink (giggles ) but lord help me if I walk past a donut king without getting DS2 a donut of some sort
Honestly I am just so anti-judging because I know what it feels like to be constantly judged. DS2 had a meltdown at the shops last week. I cried silently while walking him screaming in a trolley whilst letting DS3 toddle behind so that DS2 couldnt hurt him by accident, all the way back to the othet end of the shopping centre where my car was parked. The amount of people who shook their head at me as I walked past, or tut-tutted at me. They judged me as a $hi7 mum. I like to think I'm not. Every single time DS2 has a public meltdown I am terrified im gunna read about it on bub hub.
So I make a concious effort not to judge others, because it hurts.
10-11-2014 19:51 #68
I read a thread recently about a mcdonalds party, and I saw a few sanctimonious parents say that they would decline a mcdonalds party invite because 'my children don't eat that food'. Where as I am of the opinion that a party is a party, kids eat crap food at parties, and that's ok with me.
It seems like some junk foods are more socially acceptable than others on BH. It's ok to say that your kids have never had Mcdonalds or coke, because they are the two big evils. But it's not ok to say your kids have never had chocolate, or lollies, which I think are equally as bad - I don't get why some junk is socially acceptable and some isn't. Everything in moderation, I say.
10-11-2014 19:56 #69
But I do see your point. And like I said I wasn't singling you out it was just that your post reminded me of so many posts I see in these threads.
10-11-2014 20:06 #70
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