For the purposes of this thread, "treats" can be defined any way you want.
It could be for your family that dried fruit needs to be relegated to "treat status". I even knew a little boy who would eat fruit until he gave himself diarrhea! Maybe sugar needs to be tightly restricted, or maybe your kids do fine with a little-- or even a lot by others' standards. Is popcorn verboten because it makes them hyper? Or do you find it a good, wholesome substitute for potato chips?
Do they have to "earn" their treats? How strict are you about that? Is it fairly easy to earn them, perhaps because then they stop bugging you for the remainder of the day? (That's exactly how it is in our house.) Or do they bother you relentlessly? Have you given up on offering treats entirely because of this pestering? Or has it gone away once you loosen up the rules a bit?
Is your dc pretty good at self-regulating? Terrible? Are your rules strict, or have you found success in giving your child more say in what they would like to eat, and when? How has that worked for your family?
Do you ditch "the rules" when you go on trips, and camping? Does the length of the trip make a difference? Do they have trouble going back to the routine afterwards?
This is not a questionnaire, just the kinds of questions to get the ball rolling. If you feel that the issue of restricting treats cannot be discussed outside of the issue of diet decisions as a whole, then please, share your thoughts about that. Or whatever else you think is relevant.
How have your rules changed, either because of circumstance, or because the kids got a bit older?
Again, you can answer these questions or not, tell your story, experiences, worries.
I don't really have any problems right now that need solving, but my girls are getting older, and I'm starting to think about this a bit. My oldest 7yo, is eating more diversely again, and doesn't put up fits because she can't eat granola morning through evening. She makes some really good decisions by herself, on the whole.
Not toddlers anymore, it's time to reexamine my role in making diet decisions for them, especially concerning treats. I want to know what this looks like in others' homes.
I do ask one thing: for the purposes of this thread, let's pretty please respect that some of us--myself included-- feel that sugar is OK in moderation, at least in general if not for every person.