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#1 of 5 Old 07-24-2006, 01:25 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi, my daughter lately asks for cake. I don't want her to be a sugar addict. I am one and working to break the habit.

She is turning two very soon. Her grandma will be having a cake for her. Then there will be another cake at her other party. Plus a cake this week along with pizza at a birthday party for a playgroup friend!

I don't want her to eat cake or pizza. I know she will want to eat what everyone else is eating.

How do I say no to her? She is very firm on her tantrums lately. How do all of you handle these situations?
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Could you do cupcakes instead? And instead of making cake in them, make homemade blueberry muffins or another muffin she likes. You could even frost them. My 2 year old thinks anything that comes in a cupcake shape is a cupcake, LOL, so she had blueberry and banana muffins at her 2nd birthday!
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This isn't directly addressing your question, but I have a friend who doesn't do birthday presents or parties beyond having a few extended family members over. Instead when it's your birthday you get to pick out any cake you want at Whole Foods. So far this has worked. She doesn't have older children though--maybe she will need to change things up a bit later.
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Thanks for the replies. The muffin idea is interesting. Where can I get a healthy recipe for mini blueberry muffins?
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Don't know if this is what you're looking for, but I just thought I'd share what we do for dd. We make sure that she always eats extremely healthy at home. Like, she never gets any refined sugar products at home. Ever. We only keep stuff in our house that I feel good about her eating.
So considering that, it's okay with me if she eats cake at a birthday party. Even if we were to have 3 parties in the space of a month, I would be okay with her eating junky stuff on those occasions. I just always make sure she knows that cake is only for special occasions. I think it would be very hard for a little one to see everyone around her eating pizza and cake and be told that she couldn't have any. If the occasional treat is really not acceptable, then I would be very wary about accepting invitations to birthday parties.
I think it is a good idea that if you are hosting the party (or if you have some input about what is served) then you can obvioiusly make the snacks healthy.
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