Parents absolutely hate sweets. Sweets are a big culprit for hyperactivity, as well as negative and rambunctious behavior in children. Not to mention, after kids eat sweets, many times they do not fall asleep until close to midnight. When that happens, kids are sluggish and groggy the next day when they need to be sharp. Especially if it happens to be a school night. Kids with special needs such as autism and ADHD are even more impacted by candy. That being said, sweets and kids don’t mix!
However, as tempting as it sounds to ban sweets entirely from our kids’ diet- banning candy from kids is not recommended. If you completely deny your kids sugary treats, they will resent you and find a way to get their hands on a large quantity of it while you are not looking. In fact, if you do not let your kids have sweets that may lead to poor eating habits later in their lives.
The best thing to do is to limit the amount of sweets your kids can have. There is nothing wrong with buying them a chocolate bar once in a while, or baking brownies with them. Besides, a little bit of sugar is not going to have too much of a negative impact on them- even in many cases kids who have special needs. Think of it as you adopting a healthier lifestyle but having that need to satisfy a sweet tooth once in a while. If you deny yourself a sweet, then there is a good chance you may binge. The same thing goes with your kids. If you keep sugar away from them, they will find a way to get it eventually- and probably will not eat it in moderation.
Teaching your kids healthy eating habits will get them onto a good path in life. However, you also need to incorporate an occasional sweet in there as well. Kids will discover sweets on their own, they will become curious about it- and will definitely want it and find a way to get it. The best thing to do is to let them have it once in a blue Moon, and there will be less of a chance of them eating more sweets than recommended in life.