Sunday, 16 October 2011
Mean Mummy or Clever Mummy?
These days when I bake cupcakes or muffins there are always two sizes. There are the Rascal size ones and the Mummy/ Daddy size ones. I guess it started off when we made healthy muffins for Rascal when she was just getting into finger food and its something that we have never stopped.
When I sent cupcakes to preschool with Rascal for their party the other week, it struck me that at the end of the day all my small cupcakes were gone, but the big ones sent by other mothers were either licked clean of icing and left; half eaten; or untouched and still on the plate.
I had to laugh yesterday. The present batch of muffins are stored in two boxes, according to size. Hubby went to get a muffin for Rascal and picked up the box with the larger cupcakes. Rascal immediately said "No Daddy, not those ones, these ones" and pointed to the box of small muffins.
We feel that by taking this approach we are not forbidding "bad" foods". We also don't make a big thing about it being a treat (although she will not get one if she hasn't eaten her dinner). We hope that by taking this approach, we are letting Rascal develop a sensible attitude to sweet treats.
Rascal will eat one small muffin or cupcake and she's happy, but my questions still remains... mean mummy or clever mummy? How do you address sweet treats in your family?