I have a lovely crystal "basket" on my kitchen ledge. I used to fill it with M&M's, Hershey Kisses and whatever other treat was in season. I had candy corn in the fall, red and green bells at Christmas and pastel candies in the spring. I loved it.......so did my kids.
When I started to see chocolate rings around their mouth when I had not granted permission, I knew things had to change.
One night after the little buggers went to bed, I switched out their M&M's with boxes of raisins. (Yes, I am super sneaky like that!) They noticed the next day but I got the surprise of my life when they simply grabbed the box and started munching away. I thought for sure I would encounter some sort of moaning or gnashing of teeth.
Could it be that they simply ate whatever was in front of them and convenient?!
A couple weeks later I filled a cookie jar with granola bars, dried fruit and nuts and placed it on the pantry floor. I told them when they wanted a snack they could grab one out of Pooh without permission.
It has worked beautifully. They feel big getting their own snack and I feel good knowing that they are filling those little bodies with good things to eat.
And that works for this mama......(who still sneaks M&M's when they nap. SHHHHHH!!!! )
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