A Sticky Situation

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I don’t let my kids drink soda.

Now, before you get all defensive and think that I’m sitting here silently judging you for letting *your* kids drink soda, let me tell you that I totally am. Just kidding. I’m not. Really.

What you do with your kids is your business. Also, that first sentence is only partly true. I let my kids drink soda sometimes. Like, on a special occasion if we’re out for a meal, they are allowed some sort of (caffeine free) drink of their choice.

Here’s the thing. I don’t like really soda. I’m not a fan of sweetened beverages at all (except coffee, amen), so soda isn’t something that’s usually on my radar. Now don’t get me wrong, there are times when a Dr. Pepper or Sprite, or Root Beer Float, are the only things on the planet that sound appealing. But 99% of the time, I opt for unsweetened iced tea or water as a beverage, so I don’t even think about buying soda at the store. We don’t have it at home, so the kids don’t drink it at home.

Also, when Dylan was younger he used to have these crazy reactions to sugar. You’ve heard of the sugar crash? Well, he’d go down in a blaze of glory. And not an awesome blaze of glory like Jon Bon Jovi sings about. It was an awful, dramatic, loud, soul crushing explosion. So I started limiting his sugar intake, and it helped. Then as more and more kids came into the equation, I kept up the limited sugar rule in effect, as a means of self preservation.

Don’t get me wrong, they get to eat sweets. Just in limited quantities. Dessert and soda, and even juice for that matter, are treats in our home, not diet staples.

Am I shooting myself in the foot? Are my kids going to be so soda/sweet deprived when they grow up that it’s going to be the only thing they want to drink or eat, as some sort of repressed way to get back at me? Are they going to end up like Brenda Lee Johnson on “The Closer” and keep a drawer full of candy at their desks?

What is the policy in your home? Are you more in line with my way of thinking or would Buddy the Elf be perfectly happy if he moved in with you?

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Junzo Terada sticky notes for Chronicle BooksMy toddler is obsessed with stickers. It is a phase that I expect should end sometime around her 13th birthday. But for now, she finds stickers both very exciting (they stick to stuff!) and very frustrating (they don’t come off—luckily “stuck” and “help” were two of her first words).

So it occurred to me that sticky notes could be fun, and sure enough she gets a huge kick out of sticking and unsticking them to everything under the sun. Which prompted a search for some sticky notes I wouldn’t mind being stuck to every surface in my house. Which reminded me of Japanese artist Junzo Terada’s awesome collection for Chronicle Books.

The sticky notes are about as adorable as any I could dream up (see pics of the actual notes after the jump). And if you don’t need any sticky notes at the moment, it’s definitely still worth checking out the rest of the line. His mix-and-match stationary set and punch-out animals are great for kids, and the book of postcards is fantastic. There are 30 postcards total, each of which could be framed and hung on the nursery wall (see a sample after the jump). (more…)

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