I thought even new mothers would have the knowledge of NOT giving little kids, let alone babies candy. Yes, even babies…sugar babies. I don’t expect every parent to have the same nutritional guidelines and rules I do, but c’mon. Common sense should tell you that kids and unlimited sugar don’t mix.
I give my kids restricted servings, only allowing them to “binge” on holidays or special occasions; even then I don’t let them get too carried away. Due to this method of sugar control, they don’t get in a tizzy when I tell them “No.” to having sweets whenever they ask. Sure they might become slightly distraught and/or disappointed, but I talk to them about the importance of having a good diet and the effects of an excess of sugar in their diet. You have to educate the youth about the importance of a healthy and balanced diet, and stress the importance of proper dental care.
They’ve both been trained to hand over any candy given to them to me. For example, my daughter usually gets a lollipop from her dance teacher after class. As soon as she gets out of her dance class, she gives me the lollipop without any fuss or asking if she can have it later. She already knows the answer to that question.
It’s not even just candy I see people feeding their little monsters. Soda and coffee are culprits too. Again, I thought it was common sense not to give small children and babies this stuff, but I guess some people are careless or just downright ignorant. I was shocked when I witnessed one of my friends giving her God son and nephew, who are both toddlers, pieces of candy-this occurred around eight o’clock in the morning! It made me internally ill, but I brushed it off and didn’t give her a tongue lashing like I wanted to. I try to choose my battles.
Last Saturday as I waited for my daughter to finish her dance class, I saw a little boy no more than four years old sipping on a bottle of Pepsi. All I could think was “Wtf is wrong with his mother?” It was 10:30am. Why oh why would you give your brat soda for breakfast?! Children have enough natural energy; no need to increase it. It boggles my banana scented mind.
We as parents and care givers must be more knowledgeable about what we’re doing to our kids. Sugar causes weight gain more than fatty foods. Sugar also causes health related illnesses, like diabetes and obesity. Don’t believe me? Ask Dr. Bowden.
I wouldn’t ignore these facts if I were you.
I also wouldn’t play Russian roulette with my own child’s health. Having an unhealthy child is something I’d never gamble on.