“Chocolate ice cream? YAY!!!!!!”
I’m no prize-winning parent, but the one thing I’ve managed to keep in check is my sweet-toothed toddler son’s consumption of candy. He usually has fruit for dessert. If he has candy, it’s typically no more than twice a week and comes in the form of three or four dark chocolate-covered dried fruits. Every so often, he gets a pastry or a cupcake, usually at the insistence of a relative. (“He’s skin and bones! Why are you starving your child?” is what passes for polite conversation in my extended family.)
And on very, very special occasions he gets ice cream.
Such was the case recently, on a family vacation to a Jersey shore town. We met up with friends on the boardwalk, had a chaotic dinner — between two families, there were four kids, two high chairs and countless wayward Cheerios — then played at an arcade and, of course, capped off the evening with a visit to a soft-serve ice cream stand, leading to my little boy’s excited cheers.
There is nothing more joyous for a mother than to see your precious child smile and hear him yelp in delight. But when it comes to impending ice cream consumption, that joy is fleeting…without further adieu, I present 7 Murphy’s Laws of Feeding Your Child Ice Cream.
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