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04/06/2020

Caught in action

Author:Dijana Radetić

Have you ever said one thing and done another? Although this is a bad trait, if you have children, it must have surfaced at some point. It may be a kind of a “white lie”, but when we think about the welfare of the child, we are ready for everything.

Did they tell you as well that those who drink coffee and smoke will grow mustaches and tails…? My mother did tell me that and I was often confused because I didn’t see her having a mustache or a tail. You’ve probably heard it from some parents, and you may be saying this yourselves that “sweets spoil teeth” or “sweets are unhealthy.”

Children see, wonder, feel vibrations.
My husband travels often, and as a chocolate lover, he searched for the right one. Many years earlier, even before our acquaintance, he found just the one, the queen of all chocolates, Mrs. Ragusa.
As young parents, we also respected the rule that children should not be given sweets until at least their third year. Our little curly miracle was two years old when she caught us in the “act”. Since this is the period when children sleep after lunch, we used her afternoon nap to quietly drink coffee and nibble on chocolate.

While we were enjoying the smell of coffee and the taste of Mrs. Ragusa, our little curly miracle woke up earlier and almost caught us during delicious chocolate eating. Just like magicians, we instantly removed the evidence, crumpled papers, and licked the last traces from our fingers and lips. Although she was still sleepy, she curiously circled around us trying to discover the reasons for our confusion. She knew, she felt, that we had “done something wrong”… However, we managed to successfully plant the healthiest nutritious “sweet” prepared in conjunction with all the recommendations.

Did we have a guilty conscience… sure we did… but the question is why… because we didn’t let her enjoy the chocolate or because we lied to her in some way? Well, aren’t we telling our children “whoever lies goes to prison”…

Kroasan, kafa i čokolada na stolu

As a family we eat healthy. Our rules are as follows:

  • You can’t leave the house without breakfast
  • A salad is eaten with every salty meal – while I’m still chopping the salad, “mice” aged eight and twelve and a half eat half of it before it reaches the table
  • Fruit is eaten as a snack or as part of a sweet breakfast
  • We make sweets ourselves and always either significantly reduce sugar or replace it with ground dates – “baby” ice cream is still one of our favorite sweets – it is prepared as follows: ½ liter of whipped cream (without sugar), 2-3 frozen mixed bananas and 2-3 tablespoons of cocoa, combine the ingredients and freeze.
  • Purchased sweets are rarely bought, they are usually given to us, but then the rule “bite like a mouse” applies – this makes the children really feel the taste of what they are eating, because when they just “swallow” uncontrollably, they inevitably eat more
  • Parents often ask me how to “make” their children eat. We often divide food into “I like” and “I don’t like”, but above all it should be seen as fuel. There are various tricks that can help with this, but one stands out. Be a good example! Children watch closely, sometimes we notice it, but most often we do not. So if you don’t like cauliflower don’t say it out loud and eat it. Children know, notice, feel!

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