I've tried. I keep him away from sugary foods (minus fruit loops and awfuls, okay and cookies.) I limit his sugar intake.
But there we are in the grocery store going down the aisle and he spots "THE CANDY". I'm not talking the packs of gum at the register. I'm talking about the baking aisle/Willy Wonka Factory. Yes. "THE CANDY."
"Mommy, candy! I want!"
Of course, he wants it. It's candy. He's a kid. So, I relent and buy one piece of candy. Total. Epic. Meltdown.
"No, you may not have any candy until we get home and if you don't behave I won't give you any."
Harsh? Maybe. But he was the perfect little angel the whole way through the store and check out and getting in the car.
Did he forget by the time we got home? No.
"Mommy, I want candy!"
Just for kicks I ask, "What kind of candy is it?"
Damn. He already knows different kinds of candy.
So, I gave him one little square of the Hershey bar and let him eat it before dinner. He gobbled it all up and then gave me a big hug.
"Thank you, Mommy."
Aw, he's so sweet. Then...