hsmom3tn Posted July 7, 2009 Share Posted July 7, 2009 I have always just let my kids go into the kitchen and help themselves whenever they're hungry. I keep it stocked with snacks that they like. The only thing they have to ask permission about is soda. I only allow them to have one can/glass of soda a day, so by their asking me first, I am able to keep up with who has had their soda for the day. I have a friend who is the opposite. She does not let her kids go into the kitchen to get food unless they ask first, and even then the answer is probably going to be "no". They eat regularly, 3 meals a day, and usually get one snack somewhere in there if it might be a long time between meals. They are not limited as to the amount they can eat at each meal, and they know that they had better fill up while they can. They are not allowed to have soda at all, except for the occasional Sprite for special occasions. She is thin, and seems to be very healthy, and her kids seem to be very healthy. She also always seems to have money for anything that comes up. Whenever she needs something, she can just go and buy it. No problem. They take a few nice vacations each year. I, on the other hand, am always having to scrape for money whenever we need something, and we never have money for vacations. I want to add that while I may be slightly jealous, I am also very happy for her to be able to live this way and not have to worry about money like I do. Our DH's salaries are comparable. My kids and I usually eat out once or twice a week, and her family might go out for a nice dinner once a week. The main difference between us is that I am running to the store 3 or 4 times a week buying things that we've run out of; and she goes to the store once a week - maybe twice if she has forgotten something important. So, my question is, do I need to switch over to her side of thinking about feeding the kids, or is there a happy middle??? I think if I make them stop their snacking, they will go into shock or something :001_huh: Besides it hurting my purse, is it hurting their health? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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