As a rule we don not give our girls lollies. For lots of reasons. We all know what those reasons are (sugar high, hyper-activity, allergies, dental care etc etc.). One of the big issues for me is not rewarding behaviour we don’t want to encourage. For example, the whole tantrum throw in the shops when they don’t get what they want and then handing out lollies to quiet them down…fun stuff like that! However we were out today with a friend who gave the girls a lollipop each. I smiled outwardly, cringed inwardly. It was a lovely gesture but I was concerned about what kind of behaviour I was about to encounter. Our youngest seems to react (allergically and behaviourally) to highly sugared, highly coloured food.
I was pleasantly surprised. The girls were delighted by their special treat and repeatedly thanked our friend for their lollipops. They were grinning from ear to ear with joy and devoured them in record time, and then found ridiculous amounts of joy in having their fingers stick together. So far they don’t seem to ‘sugar’ affected, so we will see what eventuates for the rest of the afternoon.
I have to say, to see the girls so immeasurably happy is worth a lollipop or two.