Originally Posted by Evan&Anna's_Mom
I guess its a matter of priorities and what you are willing to do as a learning tool. Do I think things will be like this forever and that you will be doing without forever? No. But, I would also guess that if you ONLY lock doors or cabinets that they won't learn to respect food, they will only learn that they can't get to it. To ME, this isn't the purpose of discipline. The purpose is to teach and sometimes the only way to teach is to let children experience the consequences of their actions. Not by going hungry (please everyone, don't jump yet), but by realizing that certain treat items don't magically reappear. To me, this would be worth not eating ice cream myself for a month (and it would be good for me at the same time) or buying a favorite kid cereal and something they didn't like as much -- maybe keeping the less interested one in an inaccessible place so you would still actually have food..
I would very logically explain to them (especially the older ones) that I will buy x ice cream or cereal on Monday, and it has to last until next time we shop. That it's up to everyone to be responsible with it.
Personally, I think you'd save a lot of money avoiding locks etc by being resigned to going without some foods for a bit if they waste them. I would bet that they will only throw the cereal out once before they realise that it's not a good idea.
Like a few others, I feel uncomfortable with the idea of locks on food. My instinct is that most kids will find ways to get back at you somehow, maybe now, maybe in later life. It is not something that I'd ever want to do. I'd prefer to teach the children a life lesson, rather than control them. Ultimately I think that this sort of approach will be more productive for all.