Last night Max went trick-or-treating with his mates. Which is an odd thing to do for someone who doesn't eat sweets however, as with last year he had a fabulous time and came home buzzing.
He'd spent a few weeks planning and had Roy build him a very impressive scythe (a far more interesting woodworking brief than a planter box!).
He met his friends and cruised the neighbourhood collecting sweets only to then divvy them up amongst his friends (how popular is he?!?).
Now it's not that I told him not to eat the sweets it's just that we never have so he just doesn't. And don't misinterpret this as me being mean and "bah humbug" (although that sometimes applies!) and it's not that I don't believe in giving children treats. I am just a huge believer in "appropriate eating". Once you have this firmly established the kids generally make very sensible decisions.
Setting very clear boundaries and teaching children how to make choices leads to a lifetime of better decisions.
In our case part of this has to not go down the lolly route in the first place. For other's it's finding a balance between what we like to eat and what nourishes our body. Teaching the kids how to make independent decisions is critical for long term balanced eating and something I focus on with all the families I work with (and no that doesn't mean no chocolate!!).
Judith is passionate about good food and is even more passionate about enabling other people to enjoy the wide variety of fresh food available today.