Why is it OK to give kids free sweets everywhere? First of all, there’s so much talk about childhood obesity, that even Mary from countryside should be aware. It angers me so much when random people give my son sweets without asking me. It happens everywhere! Today it happened in Tesco because they had some event on. It happens at the barbers. It happens in petrol stations. It has even happened in the butchers. Now, I know that it all comes from a good place, and everyone just wants to put smiles on kids faces, but no chocolate bar should be ever given out without asking the parent! I will say NO most of the times if I do get asked at the right time. The right time being before the child has seen it. But normally the jar of candy is in his face first, and then I get asked if he’s allowed. Try saying no then. The drama, the tears and tantrums that follow… No thanks.
There are loads of other issues involved here too. So many kids nowadays have milk intolerance, nut allergies etc. I doubt that there’s a hidden box of fancy-pancy dairy free, nut free sweets for cases like this. So again, the drama, the tears and tantrums.
Don’t you think now that my child only eats fruit and veg and isn’t allowed any sweets :). He is allowed but not during the week. We have an ice cream & biscuit Friday in our house! And there are occasions out of that time, when some chocolates happen. But my point is, that everyone loves sweets, especially kids. I want to be that person (or my husband) who gives him that treat. I don’t want him growing up thinking that mommy and daddy are real mean saying NO to things and only making him eat apples and broccoli (which he loves by the way). But strangers in shops and events, on the other hand, are always nice to him. This can lead to a new problem, loads of perverts and bad people out there.
I would love to see nice shop ladies handing out apples and bananas instead of chocolates. Or at least ask the parent first and wait for the answer.
Small kids can’t make adequate decisions on what they eat. They just don’t know yet, what is good, and what is bad. It’s our responsibility, as parents, to show them and teach them. Not a stranger from the street who maybe means well but has no business in satisfying our kids sweet tooth.