i'm fighting a losing battle it seems lately.
we have a very low-sugar policy in our household. we have dessert only for special occasions like birthdays or holidays, i monitor the sugar content in anything prepackaged like granola bars and breakfast cereal, and they rarely have candy unless it's Halloween or a party of some kind. we do have honey with yogurt, and syrup with French Toast- so we're not maniacal about it, but we do try to avoid too much sugar.
the photo above was taken at a Fall Fair we went to lately- cotton candy, loot bags filled with candy, and other sugary treats and activities dominated. on the one hand, i could just say no, but made-on-the-spot cotton candy is a fun rare treat. i bought it for them before i saw how much MORE sugar was going to be on offer. the sugary treats were the focus of the event.
this is not an isolated incident either- we had two birthday parties to go to in the last two weekends (for a 2 year old and a 3 year old) and there was SO MUCH CANDY i couldn't believe it. easily-accessible-to-everyone-candy- bowls of candy, candy strewn over tableops- and candy as the prizes for games and bags of candy given out for loot bags. it was impossible to monitor and impossible to avoid without being 'the mean mother.' (i don't mind being mean to protect my kids, but it does make me feel sad when they are unhappy!) Lee cried the other day that the limits we impose on his sugar intake make him feel 'even more different' from the other kids at school than he already does. "There's a girl in my class that is allergic to sugar and she gets more sugar than I do!!" Apparently kids come to school with pockets full of candy and money to buy more candy after school.
this strikes me as so unnecessary (and of course unhealthy!).
am i imagining things or is the general societal attitude toward sugar and kids becoming more laissez faire? it seems like when i first became a parent (9+ years ago) this wasn't so common. (although it's also possible that our lives are much less sheltered than they used to be so I am noticing this more.)
what does one do? why does anyone think this is okay?
this question is preying on me more lately as we recently found out that Maxine has 2 cavities that will likely require sedation to fill. the thought makes me sick. this even when we carefully floss and brush her teeth every night.
well, dear readers, do you think that there is more candy/sugar out there lately? what limits do you impose on sugar? how do you impose them without being being perceived as 'mean'? (if that's even possible)