Chocolate obsession

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Re: Chocolate obsession

Postby StJuniper » 09 Dec 2015, 00:05

I have a friend whose parents didn't reveal the existence of ice cream to him for several years. They'd just give him yogurt whenever it was served. Then one day someone slipped up and served him the real deal... You can still see the betrayal in his eyes :D
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Re: Chocolate obsession

Postby emzit » 09 Dec 2015, 05:56

I think the idea for me, and a lot of other people, is to make treats like chocolate and ice cream to seem mundane, so that there won't be the whole 'forbidden fruit' mentality, which is likely to lead to kids choosing treat options when they're older because they are seen as special. if you allow access and don't make a big deal over it, it's just another food.
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Re: Chocolate obsession

Postby Marrow » 09 Dec 2015, 09:37

C hasn't yet twigged that ice lollies come in any flavour other than plain water, which she loves - we make them in colourful moulds in the freezer. Only a matter of time though!

She is well aware of the existence of chocolate, ice cream, cake, sweets etc. But like mp, we don't allow boiled sweets.
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Re: Chocolate obsession

Postby sabrina fair » 10 Dec 2015, 22:07

I don't think monkeyboy had had any chocolate by the age of 22 months. It didn't last. Now the first thing he tells me about school is what pudding he had for lunch. He would LOVE a chocolate advent calendar but thankfully no-one's given him one.

He's obsessed with sweet things and would probably eat cake all day given the option. We do as others suggest above - limit the sweet stuff in the house, talk about how sugary things are nice to eat but aren't good for our teeth, don't give us lasting energy and fill up our tummies so we don't have as much room for other tasty and healthier foods.

Sometimes I have to lose the battle to win the war: he's very very rarely had sweets because we don't like them ourselves but got a small bag of haribo for a prize at a party. He knew about it and wanted to eat it all. It was evening time and he was going to have his teeth brushed an hour or so later. To stop him would've made a big thing about the sweets being forbidden. To let him eat the lot, enjoy it, and then not be given anything until the next time he's given sweets that I can't spirit away (like I do with the contents of party bags) seemed to me to be the most sensible option.
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Re: Chocolate obsession

Postby mamapup » 11 Dec 2015, 06:50

100% agree. I can spirit away most things and I can point blank refuse boiled lollies (that is a no go) but if I fail to hide something he's been given then we let him have it but he has to share so a tiny bag of haribo gets him two usually. That satisfies him. Luckily little Croc tends to clutch these things not eat them so I tend to give her one too.
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Re: Chocolate obsession

Postby StJuniper » 11 Dec 2015, 12:37

R likes to clutch candy, but only after he's sucked on it so he trails sticky, food-dyed saliva in his wake...
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Re: Chocolate obsession

Postby ChristmasGift » 12 Dec 2015, 15:09

The Babs had her Christmas party yesterday. They went on a coach to soft play, met Santa, sang and generally had a blast.
Me "What was the best bit"
The Babs "The chocolate"
sigh!
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Re: Chocolate obsession

Postby yorkshirepudding » 12 Dec 2015, 22:25

Moo asks several times a day "is it the morning now?" when I'm pretty sure he knows it's not, it's just because that's when the chocolate appears!
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Re: Chocolate obsession

Postby mamapup » 12 Dec 2015, 23:22

And the puppy is desperate for us to light the chanukah candles every day but only because they share a chocolate coin after they're lit!
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Re: Chocolate obsession

Postby EnigmaFish » 20 Dec 2015, 17:04

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Re: Chocolate obsession

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Sorry mods, I k-roomed!
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Re: Chocolate obsession

Postby Ali70 » 20 Dec 2015, 17:55

We only have stuff in the house that I'm happy for her to eat. If we want sweet stuff we don't want her to have we eat it after she's gone to bed. So we have plenty of fruit around because I don't limit that but we don't have any choc or sweets, other than I she gets bought some as a present. She understands that when its gone its gone, we don't routinely have it.
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Re: Chocolate obsession

Postby mamapup » 20 Dec 2015, 18:25

We have just told the puppy he is only allowed pudding (when we have it) if he eats everything we ask him to eat. We are fed up too. We only have stuff in the house we are happy for them to have and we do routinely say no. Stopping gets totally ignored here so we have never yet had a strop over not getting sweets.
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Re: Chocolate obsession

Postby sabrina fair » 20 Dec 2015, 19:55

I think if it's getting stressful then definitely just remove chocolate, biscuits, cakes, and sweets from the house - or hide and only eat when she's not around. That way there's no element of negotiation. As a general rule, we don't have sweet stuff in the house, or it's hidden. Lately because of Christmas and birthday and other stuff we've had pudding and cakes around. Monkeyboy knows about it and is becoming a nightmare -refusing to eat meals he'd normally enjoy because he knows there's sweet stuff afterwards, that we're loathe to refuse him because then it becomes a 'thing'. So after new year it's all going back to normal. There can't be struggles over something that's not there!
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Re: Chocolate obsession

Postby Kitcameron » 21 Dec 2015, 22:36

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