I have been trying to make my two kids lay off sugar for a while now. Every time we go to the dental clinic, the dentist always tells me that both have cavities. I am not overly worried about my three-year-old son’s milk teeth rotting since they are meant to fall off. However, my eight-year-old son’s permanent teeth start to grow, and I do not want him to wear dentures anytime soon.
Although the dentist has never accused me of being the reason why the children have learned about sweets in the first place, I cannot help but feel guilty about it. After all, it is true—I let my kids eat ice cream and chocolates before they can even walk and talk. I have later realized that that’s not the smartest thing to do, but it is already too late—they have grown to love it. Whenever we visit any place or go on a trip, those little ones only behave when we give them donuts, candies, etc. Making them control their desire for sugary foods has been a challenge, and I do not know what to do.
I came close to the point where I wanted to throw my hands up in the air and give up. I thought that there was nothing I could try to make my boys stop overeating sugar. Just then, the entire state got placed under strict quarantine due to the coronavirus outbreak, and I allowed myself to hope a little.
This lockdown has been good for children like mine who should be on a sugar fast because:
They Cannot Go Grocery Shopping With Mom And Dad Anymore
I used to make excuses whenever I needed to go grocery shopping, and my kids wanted to tag along. It was not because I did not want to hang out with them; it’s just that I knew where they would run off: the chocolate aisle. Once they find it and start throwing a fit when you say no to buying the goodies, you may want to give in instead of dealing with a meltdown.
Now, this is a problem that you may be liberated from during the quarantine. After all, you won’t be lying to the children when you say that they can no longer get groceries with you. Even you are not advised to go in and out of the house whenever you please. But the rule is more favorable to you than to them, considering they cannot see piles of chocolates anymore.
They Don’t See Other Kids Eating Sweets
When you are a child, your id typically kicks in most of the time and makes you want whatever you see others eating. Say, if someone eats ice cream in the playground, everyone wants one too. It does not matter if they have the same brand at home—the kids merely want to be able to fit in.
Parents Can Introduce Healthier Snacks Without A Problem
Another advantage of doing a sugar fast during quarantine is that you can reorganize your pantry and get rid of unhealthy snacks, such as junk foods, chocolates, pastries, etc. Your kids will only complain about it in the first few days because not everyone is accustomed to massive changes. However, they may become interested in healthy snacks if you give them delicious options.
I will never wish for a pandemic to take place just so my children can stop eating sugary products. Despite that, I am not ignorant of the fact that the lockdown has genuinely helped my kids cut down their sugar intake.
If your problem is similar to what I went through, learn from the tips above and stay safe.