Sugar! One of my kids craves sugar like crazy. Admittedly, I have sweet tooth myself so I can sympathize, but at least I’m enough of a health nut to attempt to satisfy it with dark chocolate or a fresh cookie or pastry (my treat of choice) as opposed to downing an entire bag of candy (his treat of choice).
How does he get said candy, you might be asking? Well, he’s a worker. He’ll set up a lemonade stand or dog sit for a neighbor or ask to do money chores around the house. I hem and haw and whine and complain about him buying candy. I educate the whole family about health and nutrition. I try incentives like offering a 10% bonus for every dollar put in the bank. We try and try, but this kid’s greatest thrill is walking down to the gas station to buy a bag of
crack candy. And then, he’s such a generous one, that he buys for any other kid around, too, which is really sweet, pardon the pun.
The conundrum is that part of growing up is learning about money. Spending it on candy and then not having it available for something else desired is a great life lesson and one you want your kids to learn earlier in life than later when the stakes are higher. But then, there’s that blasted sugar problem because it’s addicting, some studies proving even more addictive than cocaine. I struggle balancing the fine line between allowing the joys of childhood and enabling the addiction.
If you’re interested in the subject, check out this 60 Minutes report on sugar and/or this short article from Oprah’s website, both of which might inspire you to have more awareness of the effects of sugar on our lives. A friend of mine recently told me she’s taken sugar out of her diet and has loved the results–lost weight, less cravings, etc. Any ideas on doing a sugar detox for kids? Bring ’em on in the comments section below. Please! Thanks, as always, for sharing!