Overheard conversation chocolate buttons
17.43 You are having your supper before you are having those chocolate buttons.
17.44 Do you want me to go back in there and tell Daddy to put the chocolate buttons back!
17.44:30 You are a very ungrateful little girl!
I couldn’t really hear what the little girl was saying I suspect that she was around 3 or 4 years of age. She was grizzling and crying.
I know it’s not easy and have had a few parenting meltdowns myself over the years, but there are a couple of key points I want to comment on here. At nearly 6pm at night the little girl is probably starving hungry so already feeling a bit tetchy, mum was likely to be feeling the same too at that time of day!
It’s important to eat regularly throughout the day and often people will go from lunchtime to about 7pm without eating anything except maybe for a biscuit in the afternoon. Thats too long without food.
At 5.45 they were just getting ready to leave Tescos let’s say they had 5 mins to get home and to get supper ready would be at least another 30 minutes so you are getting on for 6.30 before a proper meal gets eaten.
The more important fact that makes me uneasy is using a pack of chocolate buttons as a threat/ reward for good behaviour. It’s not good to use food in this way, if you want to give your kids chocolate buttons offer them to them without any strings attached, if you do that sometimes you will be surprised as they will say no thanks!
Gavin Allinson Sports Nutritionist BSc (Hons) CISSN