I am looking for some hints/experience/advice on how to start down the path of not letting the sugar beast take over my daughter.
We have 2 little lovelies.
My DS just turned 7 and self-regulates very well. He knows that he's not allowed treats unless he's filled his belly with good stuff first. He will at least try just about anything and I can trust him to eat whatever I put in front of him for dinner. There are very, very few good foods that he won't eat at all. He loves treats/candy/etc. (like any red-blooded kid does....), but it's not overboard. He's been known to save a cookie for later.
My DD is 16 months old. She is a sugar fiend!! She had her first candy last night on Halloween. Holy cow. She had 3 pieces down her gullet in record time.....with nary a speck of chocolate wasted on her face or fingers. She's had other sugar before this - cake on her birthday, ice cream during the summer, etc. She LOVES sugar and will tear your fingers off to get it.
On the flip side, she's also a very good eater.
She will eat just about anything and has eaten every veggie we've ever given to her. She's not crazy about beans or hummus....but I'm working on that. She's learning what her brother already knows - no treats until you've filled your belly with good food. She sometimes gets upset when she sees Alex eating ice cream and she can't have any because she ate 2 peas for dinner and threw the rest of her dinner on the floor for the dog to eat....but that's part of the learning!
So....how do I keep this sugar monster under control? Keep teaching her about good nutrition and hope she can self-regulate well, like her brother? They're such different personalities, I don't want to assume that she'll do anything her brother does.
When I was growing up, my mom kept me away from sugar like crazy! I rarely got candy or anything sweet and when I got any money or any access, I gorged myself. I was in my 20's before I could tame it. I don't want to saddle my tiny girl with such issues, so I'm looking for advice now.