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Why we have treat day friday

Anyone who knows me knows I have a sweet tooth, especially chocolate.

I grew up eating what I wanted when I wanted. Chocolate, sweets, crisps, fizzy drinks, chips. I ate before dinner, after dinner, snacks etc. I was over weight as a child and a teenager. I had a really unhealthy diet. My mum never thought I had a problem bless her. I was 12 years old and a size 16.

Aged 13 I started horse riding and volunteering at a riding stables. I soon found myself losing weight, not on purpose but because I wasn’t snacking and I was exercising. I started learning myself to have a healthier respect for food.

When I had children I was determined to bring them up with a healthier respect for food too. I have never stopped them from eating anything but what I have taught them is to eat certain foods occasionally, not be part of their daily diet. Sure if Miss M comes home with a small pack of haribos or a cupcake because it’s someone’s birthday at school I’m not going to stop her from eating it. I am sure my teen eats unhealthy foods at school with her friends, again I can’t stop that, what I want is for my kids to have a healthy respect for high fat sugary foods.

Friday has become our ‘treat day’. The day we will purposely go to the sweet shop and choose whatever we want to eat. A bar of chocolate or a bag of crisps or sweets is fine with me. I always buy myself a bar of chocolate too. It’s a celebration of getting through another school week.

Half terms we still do it. Just because we can lol!

Why?

  1. The dental surgery are happy with my kids teeth
  2. I don’t want my kids going through the stage of being over weight and being bullied or becoming unhealthy
  3. My kids don’t miss out on treats, it’s just limiting what they have but they choose what they want each week
  4. To have a healthy respect for high fat sugary food will hopefully help my kids when they grow up to still eat those foods occasionally.
  5. It gives us something to look forward too at the end of each week

 

Do you have a treat day too?

 

18 Comments

  • Sarah Howe

    We actually let the kids have something small most days. As long as eaten all their meals and had fruit and veg etc, they get a little bit of chocolate or a biscuit. Seems to work ok!

    • WhatRachelWrites

      A healthy balanced diet is important which you have 🙂 I just don’t want my kids to end up like how I was. If my kids had their way they would eat sugary foods every day and no fruit or veg! I would ideally like it be become habit that they would opt for healthier foods if they had to choose.

  • Talya Stone

    This is such a lovely idea. I have to say I’m not too strict with treats and usually allow a treat a day! My daughter is a really great eater so I always think if she makes healthy choices during the day then she is allowed a treat after dinner. I am a total chocoholic and grew up eating chocolate every day with no fillings! But you really do have to be careful on sugar intake as there is so much hidden sugar in everything these days.

    • WhatRachelWrites

      It sounds like your daughter has a healthy balanced diet 🙂 You are right, sugar is pretty much in everything we eat.

    • WhatRachelWrites

      I just feel it could help them learn eating what you want it fine, but not all the time and be aware of what you are eating. A healthy balanced diet is so important.

  • Melanie williams

    You are so right to do this, it is ok to have a treat now and then and your reasoning behind doing so is on point xx

    • WhatRachelWrites

      Thank you, I really believe in educating my children on eating treats moderately. I hope this will help them when they grow up so they don’t end up like I was, eating junk food all the time because I didn’t know any different.

  • The OMG Daily

    What a sensible way to raise your children. I see and hear so many parents using sweets as a comfort. Child is upset here have a chocolate bar. Child is bored here have a bag of crisps.

    Treats are limited in our house but we make sure they aren’t used as a reward or comfort. As you say the relationship with food is as important as what is eaten.

    • WhatRachelWrites

      I hear that too sadly, junk food is not the way to comfort a child, or adult. Teaching children while they are young is so important to their health mentally and physically as they grow up.

  • Jenni

    When we went on holiday to Gothenburg a couple of years ago, we learned that having a set day of the week for treats is a tradition throughout Sweden. There it’s the Saturday. The shops in Gothenburg all advertised their “lördagsgodis” which means Saturday sweets.

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