Nicole Peters - posted on 02/23/2015 ( 1 mom has responded )




My nine year old takes food from the pantry at night. We eat pretty healthy and my children get dessert if they've eaten all their supper. The problem is I find granola bars, chocolate bars, cans of pop, hidden around my son's room and then he tries lying about it. What should I do, and should I be making a big deal out of this. I want to teach him self control and the problem is usually only at night when I don't catch him doing it.


Raye - posted on 02/23/2015




Lock the pantry, lol. Talk to him to find out why he sneaks the snacks. Tell him that he is not allowed to do so, and if you find out he has he will be punished. Also say that if he lies about it, there will be additional punishment. Let him know that the sugar content of snacks and pop (caffeine?) is not good so late at night and could make him sleep poorly and tired/cranky the next day. it also could contribute to weight gain. Let him know you're not trying to be mean, you're concerned for his well-being. if he still does it, you have to follow through on your punishments, and it might lead to actually locking the pantry.

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