This post is completely unrelated to MS, but thankfully, my life is much more than that stupid disease so it's definitely refreshing to write about something else every once in a while:)
Candy is like crack cocaine at our house. Ok, ok. I admit I don't know much about crack. But I do know that my kids are constantly begging me for treats, and when there is candy or other goodies in our home, my children can't stop thinking about it until it's gone. Half the time, I end up chucking it in the trash when they're asleep because they drive me so crazy about it!
I'm pretty health conscious. I grind our wheat and make a lot of our own breads, rolls, pancakes, muffins, etc. with it. We don't eat much meat and we eat a lot of vegetables and whole foods. I'm always sneaking flax into anything I can and I never buy soda or chips or cookies. Granted, I do love baking so we sometimes have cookies and cupcakes around, and my kids end up getting plenty of treats from elsewhere. But they're still crazy for them. Every week, the kids look so forward to Saturday, because each Saturday morning, they get to eat "Saturday Cereal!" That's the only day of the week they get sugar cereal and they can eat as many bowls as they want.
They all go through phases of stealing sweets whenever they're around the house. In fact, I had some cupcakes the other day and after we were done eating them (for our dog Eddie's bday haha), I threw the last 5 in the trash. Thomas got up in the middle of the night and ate them OUT OF THE TRASH. UGH!!! My dad now lovingly refers to him as "Johnny Cupcake." :)
Anyway, so all this got me thinking...In Holland, drugs are not illegal. And as a result, they have very few drug problems. Drugs there are common-place, and they're not forbidden, and so people don't go so crazy for them. I'm not advocating legalizing drugs, but the fact stands that things aren't quite so inviting and tempting when they're not so forbidden.
So...here is my experiment. I went to the store and bought a lot of candy. I decided to stick with hard candies since they take longer to consume:) I bought a candy jar, and filled it to the brim. I told the kids they could have as much as they want. The only rule is that they can only take one at a time. I'm trying to stay calm as a write, because my children are going nuts for the candy. The jar is already a third of the way gone. Anna keeps looking at me every time she goes back to the jar, expecting to get scolded for getting yet ANOTHER piece of candy. My hope is that after a few days, the candy craze will subside, and they'll just take a piece every once in a while. My hypothesis is that it will greatly reduce the stealing, begging, whining, and overall obsession with sweets. I have no idea if this work. I'm not sure if I'll be able to survive the torture of watching my children binge on candy for the next few days. It's seriously driving me crazy and it's only been a few hours. What are your thoughts? I'd love to know. Is this irresponsible parenting? Or am I doing them a favor? I guess time will tell.