I must confess, I do indulge my kids. I let them have sweets, crisps and sugary drinks. How did I get here? I often wonder.
I thought I will be the no go mum. The mum whose kids will have their fair share of five a day and more.
It all began when we started attending parties, where sweets and sugary drinks is the highlight.
I try not to buy them as I don’t eat them, but my kids crave them.
My solution? Reduce it and use it as reward.
I reduced it to weekends, with strings attached. They have to earn it, to earn a sweet, crisp or drink here are my rules.
1. Earn 5 points for doing any of your chores on the board
2. Complete home learning.
3. Maximum effort on all extra school activities.
4. Good behaviour, no hitting, spitting, kicking, etc. Tell these to 5 years old.
Since the point system was introduced my children have been on their best behaviour. They now understand that sweets are not allowed on weekdays but on weekends and only as a reward.
Of course they still have their fair share at parties, but back home all is restored.
So it was with glee I welcome the Public Health England’s recommendation to limit the consumption of non healthy snack to 2 per day and to no more than 100 calories per snack.
Purely because of the rise in Childhood obesity. Something has to be done and fast.
PHE’s National Diet and Nutritional Survey found.
- Children between the ages of 4 and 10 consumed 51.2% of their sugar from unhealthy snacks, including biscuits, cakes, pastries, buns, sweets, juice and fizzy drinks.
- On average, primary school children have at least three sugary snacks a day. This means they can easily consume three times more sugar than the recommended maximum.
- Too much sugar can cause tooth decay and obesity.
Parents have to take back control from the drinks, crisps and sweets manufacturers. These things will always be there but we have to control how much of it our kids consume.
I still struggle daily and my kids now call me mummy NO no. As that’s my immediate response to any request for sweets.
Some days are good some not so good. But the fight goes no..
Good luck as you try to wrestle that sweet out of their little cute hands….
Below arecontents of our favourites
ice cream – about 175 calories
A pack of crisps – 190 calories
A chocolate bar – 200 calories
A pastry – 270 calories
Source: Kantar research group
Snacks containing no more than 100 calories
Soreen malt lunchbox loaves (apple, banana or original malt)
Petits Filous fromage frais (strawberry and raspberry, strawberry, strawberry and apricot, strawberry and banana)
Fruit Shoot hydro water in apple and blackcurrant flavour
Fresh or tinned fruit salad
Chopped vegetables and lower fat hummus
Plain rice cakes or crackers with lower fat cheese
One scotch pancake
Source: Public Health
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