Joey has been bit hard by the sugar bug lately. He asks for sweets constantly. It is the first thing he talks about in the morning, the last thing he talks about when he goes to sleep. He even reminds me that he gets chocolate in the morning when he groggily rolls over when I cover him up at midnight before I go to bed. No joke... a few nights ago I came home from work around 11:30, went upstairs to tuck them all in for the night, Joey must have been in a light sleep because as I covered him up with his blanket he barely opened his eyes and said, "Don't forget to give me chocolate tomorrow Mom." I told him I wouldn't forget, and he rolled over and went back to sleep.
This morning Joey's sweet tooth out in full force. He climbed up on my bed, told me it was time to wake up, and suggested that "maybe we can make brownies for breakfast." At 6:40am my child is already planning to kick off the day with a breakfast of champions. When I said that it was too early for brownies, he shrugged his shoulders, put his hand up in the air like he just had a brilliant idea, and cheerfully announced, "but it's not too early for gummies!"
When I ask Joey whether he wants PB&J or Grilled Cheese for lunch he nonchalantly says, "I don't need any wunch. Maybe I can just have cookies."
Last night when I was about to help him brush his teeth Joey took the toothbrush out of my hand, slipped it back into the Nemo toothbrush holder, and told me it wasn't teeff-brushin' time. "I just need to have a wittle chocolate. Then I will brush my teeff."
I swear, this kid has sugar on the brain 24 hours a day. He's usually not too unreasonable when I explain to him that we can't eat too much sweets, or 7am is too early for cookies and chocolate morsels, but it doesn't stop him from asking for something 3 1/2 seconds later. I have a feeling this addiction to sweets was brought on by a combination of my one true parenting vice (bribery), and the Holiday Season. (not to mention that all of my children are predisposed to a serious addiction to sweets thanks to their lovely DNA makeup) As with any other house we had more than the usual collection of chocolates masked in pretty, shiny, foil wrappers, cookies of all shapes, sizes, and flavors (cookie swap anyone?), and dessert way more often than necessary. Ron and I have tried to snap ourselves out of this snacking on sweets behavior, but Joey is pretty content with the constant supply of sugary snacks in the house.
Is anyone else having this problem? I'm fine with my kids getting a little treat every now and then, but how many sweets is too many? Do your children expect and request chocolate/cookies/gummies/candy every waking hour of the day? Let's hear it mommas...