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I have a slightly Zen answer to this, which is that you shouldn't say an absolute "no" to sweets. Limit the amounts, by all means, only to specific occasions if possible. But do not categorically say no. The problem with making something forbidden is that it makes it much more desirable, especially to children but also to adults. There is a type of snack ...


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Gatorade isn't really "junk". I would give him $1 only per day. He can buy the Gatorade, or "save" so that he can buy a snowcone in 2 days. A lot of lessons there -- having a budget, delaying gratification. My opinion: it is important for him to have some freedom to buy stuff with his friends at a special more-independent place like camp. Even if he has more ...


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It's difficult even for teenagers and adults to understand and acknowledge the fact that too much sweets are bad for one's health (and weight). At 2yo you can try explaining - you will or will not succed in that. But the most important thing is to limit the amount of sweets to an absolute minumum (ie. special occasions like family visits or birthdays). It'...


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I believe the "why" is best explained by experience and example. And that example should be you and your husband. At 2 years old, your daughter doesn't have the attention span to listen to all the research on why sugar is bad for you. And even if she did, she doesn't have the foresight at that age to realize that healthy habits now lead to a healthy body, ...


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Tough question, gray zone here IMO. My vote is 5 1/2 is still too young to make good decisions. If your child, in YOUR opinion, can't yet understand why healthy food is better, then it's up to you to restrict what he eats. Socialization is always important, but sure he can socialize playing. And each family has its own rules.


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The truth will help, as follows. Sweets have pros and cons. Pros: Tastes good Some candy has caffeine, which causes a little boost Cons: Appetite is satiated so less healthy foods are eaten. This will hurt in the long run. Each day is part of the long run. Sticky sweet candy sticks to the teeth and causes tooth decay. Note: Non-sticky sweets pose ...



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