“If you’re using sweets to motivate vegetable eating, sweets become much more important than vegetables,”
Pandemic parenting has turned us into pushovers when kids ask for sugary snacks. Which seems to happen, oh, every five minutes. Here, experts unpack the emotions (your kids’ and your own) and the science (surprise: kids are hardwired to love the stuff) to land on a sweet spot for all.
From the first moment my then 15-month-old daughter, Molly, swiped a lick of her older sister’s chocolate ice cream, she did everything in her toddler power to get sweets. She cried for donuts when her grandparents babysat (of course, they gave in) and negotiated a cookie stop after preschool in exchange for an end to her whining.