|I don't believe that Jack Bauer is a real person that I can visit and who perhaps might come to my birthday party.|
Seriously though...I guess I just don't believe in delaying gratification. There is this assumption that the things we want are things that will harm ourselves or others, and I don't think that applies to me. I don't desire anything that would harm myself or others. Chocolate is not harmful to me, since I never have the desire to plow through a whole pound of it. When I want chocolate I eat as much of it as I want and then stop when I want to stop. My dd just asked for crackers and I don't see the point in saying "Why don't you wait half an hour?" Can't she just have them right now?
But about hiding things from the kids...a lot of parents try this with things like pornography and guns, and the kids always find them. If you think it's harmful for your child it probably should be out of the house. I think kids quickly figure out that different things happen when they are asleep. I used to pretend to be asleep so I could listen to adult conversation.