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Please give me some advice...my ds, who will be 4 in a month, has had chocolate truffles for the last two mornings for breakfast! The first day, he took the box off the top of the trash can and helped himself. DH put them back in the fridge to save for a treat, since we didn't think anyone even liked them. Today, he told DH not to watch him before he went downstairs (so of course dh did). He took 3 truffles out of the box and sat UNDER the kitchen table to eat them! He knows this is not allowed, but he sneaks downstairs before we are out of bed. Both times, he told us about it after the fact, but I don't want to over- or under-react. I don't think the answer is to just throw them away because there will always be some kind of food in the house that he shouldn't eat, KWIM? Also, it's not as if he never gets treats. We have a good balance (he just had ice cream last night).<br><br>
This morning after the confession, I asked him if he was allowed to eat chocolate for breakfast..."no, Mommy." Then I asked him if he was allowed to eat treats without asking me or Daddy first..."no, Mommy." I told him if he does this again that he'll be in trouble.<br><br>
I don't want him to have food issues as he grows up. My own father instilled a fear of fat in me at a young age and I don't want to do that to him. How would you handle it?
 

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Our own ds has occassioanlly had something for breakfast that I didn't consider appropriate. I let him make the decision, while letting him know I thought a different choice would be better. It's usually blown right over and not been an issue. If he asks for more later, we'll set limits and say he already has enough for the day. We try not to leave sweets out where he has easy access (and don't keep them in the house regularly), but it's been know to happen. ITA with what you say about food issues, which is why we try to let him make his choices (within reason) and be mellow about what he choses. Normally he has yogurt, eggs, toast, peanut butter, and the like for breakfast, so I figure a few days of poor choices won't hurt him.<br>
He's a little younger than your ds, and has always asked us first. If he stopped asking, I think I'd be more vigilant about where sweets were kept.<br>
HTH
 

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i think youre on the right track by not making a big deal about it. you know that anytime something is forbidden, that makes you want it more..and hey, i'd eat truffles for breakfast if i could <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> yummy! it's not going to hurt him-you're offering him healthy, balanced choices for his diet, and i'm sure he'll hate the truffles in a week or so. he IS 4, right <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> ?
 

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i meant to add that i feel it's important to explain WHY it's not a healthy choice to have tons of sweets. to make sure they understand it's not that chocolate or ho-hos or whatever are horrible foods, but that there are not many healthy vitamins in them for your body to use. ykwim? that even though they taste delicious, your body doesnt need but a little bit of them.
 
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