Sweets for children: How much is too much?

How much is too much when it comes to sweets for children? I can remember drinking Pepsi by the time I was 4 or 5 (which makes me cringe), and as a mother today, I am hesitant to even so much as let Evan have juice more than once or twice a week. He is so happy eating fresh fruit, that the juice is really more just a treat. Now that he can use a straw, I occasionally give him a little Mott’s for Tot’s, which has less sugar.

Up until recently, I was the sweets police, and wouldn’t really let anyone give him unhealthy snacks. I am finally loosening up a little, and Evan gets a cookie here and there. As you can see, he agrees that sweets for children are a good thing, now and again.

With all of the news about rampant childhood obesity, I think a lot of parents, myself included, are really afraid of creating bad eating habits in our children. That said, I don’t want to NEVER give my kid a cookie, you know? Are you uptight about providing sweets for children in your home?

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