Candy for breakfast?

Rosie - posted on 03/01/2011 ( 121 moms have responded )

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If your child was a picky eater, would you give him/her candy for breakfast?

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Alecia - posted on 03/01/2011

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i firmly believe that picky eaters are so becuz they are allowed to be picky. my kids will know that what mommy or daddy makes for them is what they are having (of course their opinion will be asked on what'd they like). i want my kids to grow up healthy with good eating habits, so unless it Easter (or halloween or something) they will eat a proper breakfast. it is the most important meal of the day and should be nutritious

Hayley - posted on 03/01/2011

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no, no, no, no lol! If my kids wont eat whats offered to them then...
1, they wont be getting dessert or snacks
2, they most certainly will not be offered anything else to eat until next mealtime

Mabyn - posted on 03/07/2011

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I would rather give him no breakfast than candy for breakfast. At least that way he'll be hungry later and more likely to eat something.

Sara - posted on 03/01/2011

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I think it's a bad idea to give your child candy for breakfast, you are just reinforcing negative eating habits and setting them up for health issues later in life.

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Julie - posted on 03/08/2011

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well not candy like a snickers bar etc, but on occasion if I know we have to get out the door fast with their bellies full i l'm not against starting the day with a donut. Most of our days start much healthier with yogurt, whole grain cereal, and fruit is usually what goes over well without too much of a fight.

Leesa - posted on 03/08/2011

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A good thing to do is offer 2 choices. That way you're ultimately in control, but your kid sees that they're being given a choice and some responsibility and it always goes down really well for me.

Leesa - posted on 03/08/2011

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Definitely not, that is a terrible idea! Giving a picky child candy for breakfast is teaching them that if they don't want to eat what you've given them, you'll give them sweets, which in turn will cause even more 'pickiness'. A child will not starve themselves - if they are hungry, they will eventually eat what you give them. It's about being the parent and making the rules - not letting your 'picky' child be in charge of mealtime.

Bre - posted on 03/08/2011

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I totally agree with Racheal Graham!!
My daughters situation may be different because of her feeding issues...
I just want her to use her mouth, so anything she wants right now is really awesome bc she had the failure to thrive! now she actually askes for chicken nuggets and french fries!
We will work up to veggies.... someday!

Racheal - posted on 03/08/2011

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You just have to be careful cuz once you cave and do that they know and wont change when they get older! You have to show them you are the parent and are in control sometimes I let my son help me pick out dinner as long as it is healthy it makes a big difference!

Bre - posted on 03/08/2011

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yes! my daughter has a feeding problem, and is really picky... although she doesnt like sweets, I do allow her to eat chips or french fries, anything she askes for because I want her to eat!!

Racheal - posted on 03/08/2011

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I do not think candy or treats is for breakfast even crackers are a no no! My son asks for crackers every morning and I always say no!! You just have to find new ways to make food seem enjoyable! For my son I make up new words for veggies and then he eats them like orange sticks for carrots and snow trees for cauliflower sometimes you have to make a big deal out of a little thing!!

Genevieve - posted on 03/08/2011

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If my child was a picky eater would I her candy for breakfast. Not I would not. Not a handful of candy. That is because she would just be hungry again right away. There is nothing to keep her going in that small handful of sugar. But Maybe I would would find something that I could give her a small handfull of that she would benefit from. There are some great granolas out there that are very healthy and crunchy. Add some raisins or dried cranberries and heck even a couple chocolate chips to that little snack and ta da!
I have a friend with a really picky kid. It has been a major issue. But it turns out that he has an anxiety disorder. And he is trying to control his small world through the things he can. Which means food. And they are dealing with it as best as possible but it makes things very hard. He is not allowed to have something different from the rest of the family for a meal. But She does try to have something with each meal that he truly enjoys eating. And if that means everyone at the table gets a serving of sliced apples with thier roast beef supper then thats what happens.

Latrice - posted on 03/08/2011

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I have always been a picky eater and my parents never made me anything special I just wouldn't eat. So, I think it's bull that the only reason that kids are picky are because parents give in. That being said I do not a agree with giving candy for breakfast. It will make for fat unhealthy children, with bad teeth and lack of understanding of proper eating habits.

Lindsay - posted on 03/08/2011

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My kids know better than to ask for candy for breakfast. I give my kids options, they usually get about 2-3 different options on what they want for breakfast. If they don't want any of those then they can wait til snack time and that's usually about halfway between breakfast and lunch and i'ts a HEALTHY snack like fruit, cheese, crackers, every once in a while I will give them goldfish but those aren't even considered junk food! NEVER would they get candy for breakfast, that's the most important meal of the day!

Amy - posted on 03/08/2011

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If you are gonna give them candy you might as well give them nothing at all. The purpose of breakfast (or any meal really) is to nourish them and fill there bellies with something that will help get them through the day. Candy will not do this. My 22 month old is an extremly picky eater you just have to find a way to make healthy food seem fun and like candy. Cut up grapes, or try raisins or banana slices. It may not be what we consider a full meal but it is at least healthy.

Danielle - posted on 03/08/2011

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Both of my kids are picky eaters but I don't give them candy for breakfast lol

Shannon - posted on 03/08/2011

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I was mortified when my 2-year old told someone he had sweets for breakfast. Just because I felt it made me look bad and suggested I do something which I don't. His vitamins are like candy though and he doe often have them in the morning. At 2 he also called raisins and dates sweets and I think they're ok for breakfast. His treat tin is full of raisins, muesli bars and liga and if he's given real sweets they go in there too. I treat them all the same and (with the exception of lollipops which are pure gold) he does too usually choosing raisins or liga for his treat.

Lisa - posted on 03/08/2011

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no way would i give candy for breakfast, both my boys eat healthily and very rarely ask for sweet stuff, but they know they have to have something proper before asking for sweet stuff

Delia - posted on 03/07/2011

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I have two boys who eat fairly good but on occasion they are picky. I try to find something they like. They love pancakes which I know aren't the best but I sneak bananas into the batter or apple pieces, rice crispy cereal or eggs and toast. They do ask for M&M on their pancakes sometimes so I'll give them 3 or 4 M&M's instead of the syrup.... really whats the difference if you're not using the no sugar added syrup.... But straight candy for breakfast no,,, If he/she wants something sweet try strawberries or a banana

Raquel - posted on 03/07/2011

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Heck no! Try PediaSure its sort of sweet and packed with vitamins. Try things naturally sweet like sweet potatoes fruits oatmeal.add a little sugar and spice or honey to any of them.

Katie - posted on 03/07/2011

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I think you should read the classic story called Bread and Jam for Frances, by Russell Hoban with your child.
"In this memorable story, Frances decides that bread and jam are all she wants to eat, and her understanding parents grant her wish at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snack-time. Can there ever be too much bread and jam?" Great lesson here.

Allison - posted on 03/07/2011

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Smartie pancakes only on birthdays. Try the Sneaky Chef cook book, you can find it at Chapters. Good luck.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 03/07/2011

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@ Hind, the bread my fiance used was pretty nasty in the first place. The peanut butter was okay though. He's also not really my first choice for a healthy eatter since he's picky himself. He won't eat fish, he can't eat peppers of any kind and he thinks I'm odd for eatting tofu. That said he does love pineapple. :)
The closest my daughter will ever come to having candy for breakfast would be if I put M&Ms or Reese's Pieces in the pancake batter. I tried that once and she didn't like it.
What Bronwyn said is true as well, some kids are picky due to other reasons. Sometimes it's because they've had certain foods and just don't like them and others it is sensory issues. If there's a certain healthy food that your child likes to eat for breakfast stick with that.

Whitney - posted on 03/07/2011

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Candy is not a good substitute for breakfast. Your childs adult teeth will be rotten before they even come through. If u give it to them now they will expect it all the time. If they want it for breakfast and nothing else then they either get wat they r given as in cereal or toast or they dont have anything at all. Eventually they will get hungry and want something to eat but if u r persistent with in not giving them unless they r for a treat then they will soon get the picture. yes it might take time and the child might get very upset but there is no one to blame but ur self cause u were the one that started it in the first place.

Samantha - posted on 03/07/2011

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If you had to ask this question, you are probably just looking for a way to ease your conscience. Flat NO. Picky eaters are picky because they are allowed ot be that way. Give your two healthy options for breakfast, and let them go hungry if they won't eat. A hungry child will eat eventually. Or at least try something new. If you give in, then they will only ever eat rubbish. If my child became that picky i'd take all the rubbish out of the house and not bring any back in. Make sure you eat healthy as well, so they don't think its only them that has to. My kids have had the odd chocolate first thing in the morning, like at easter when they get given sweets. I don't believe in giving a child something and making them wait to get any. But only one and then healthy breakfast.

Paulette - posted on 03/07/2011

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I wouldn't give my child candy for breakfast, he doesn't get candy at all. He might get cheesies, or thinsations once a week or something. Or at a birthday party he'll get cake. But other than that he gets fruit for snacks, cheese and crackers, or something a little healthier. Usually for breakfast he gets toast with cheese whiz or peanut butter, cheerios (Banana flavoured is his favouite), or a fruit salad. Throughout the day if he won't eat his meals, I give him fruit, he never says no to any kind of fruit.

Your child will learn to eat what you give them unless they actually don't like it. Which you will learn. My son was picky eater too first when he started eating foods. I found giving him foods he could feed himself really helped, and also if I was feeding him he'd lick the food first before opening right up for it.

Bronwyn - posted on 03/07/2011

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Not all picky eaters are picky because of parental laziness. I have a 4 year old child with sensory issues and wont eat food that are orange she also wont eat meat. I keep serving them up. She eats what she can, or what she is willing too and that's it. No more food is offered.

My daughter did get into my chocolates this morning. Normally she would have toast. But I was running around, trying to gather her stuff for Kindy, and she got into them. :(

Kelly - posted on 03/07/2011

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No. I have a picky eater, but I don't want to encourage it. The little mine does eat should be healthy. He can't get much nutrition from M&Ms or other candy, so it's pretty useless to waste the space in his tiny tummy. I'd rather him eat only one grape than a bunch of candy, if I have a choice in the matter.

Katie - posted on 03/07/2011

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Whats wrong with a few M&M's? Well for starters.. I firmly believe that candy should only be given as a treat or to reinforce positive behavior... (i.e. potty training. if they go potty in the chair all by themselves then by all means give them the M&M's) But for breakfast? come on. Be serious! If you give them toast and maybe oatmeal or pancakes with a FEW M&M's then i think that is ok but to serve a meal... not to mention the most important meal of the day... made completely of candy? That is soooo unhealthy.

Hind - posted on 03/07/2011

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so whats wrong about microwaved bread?i always microwave frozen food,just be aware of blastic tools and covers.

Lou - posted on 03/07/2011

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No, never. That is so unhealthy for a young child! Bad habits begin this way and could affect his/her health later. No to mention dentist visits.

Kimi - posted on 03/07/2011

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No, it'll only make things more difficult when lunch time rolls around. By breakfast time a child should be starving and willing to eat a wider variety of foods.

Christine - posted on 03/06/2011

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i dont agree with the sentiment that all picky eaters are made. i, myself was a picky eater as a child, and even today there are certain things i can't get myself to eat. i have dyslexia, and part of the symptoms are sensitivity to certain foods. i do wish that my parents had been a little more understanding. that been said, i would never agree with feeding your child candy for breakfast. i don't think that a child under the age of 5 should be getting all that much candy at any time of the day and definitely NOT for breakfast. i am not a health food freak, but i do think the first few years in a child's diet are key to forming good eating habits and letting a child have candy will make it that much harder to get them to make good food choices as they grow older. the suger in candy is hard for the body to break down, and is bad for the teeth.
in the end it's your choice what you want to feed your child. but look around, we are the fattest nation in the world, and there is so much childhood diabetes, do you want to be adding to that?

Ashlee - posted on 03/06/2011

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No way, I don't care how picky she is, there's got to be something she'll eat besides candy. What about lunch and dinner? Certainly she couldn't live on candy. Unacceptable, I'd feed her nothing before I fed her candy for breakfast. I bet she'd be hungry enough by lunch to be a lot less picky!

Sandy - posted on 03/06/2011

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i dont see the problem with letting them have it every now and again but i wouldnt make it a habit

Renee - posted on 03/06/2011

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Heck no! All you are doing is encouraging being a picky eater in my opinion. I would give them an option of this or that for food. If they don't want either then they go hungry. Sooner or later they will eat what you give them. My son will try to pull that with me- he is almost 3yrs old- sometimes his dinner will sit for 2 hours then he eats it when he realizes that I am not going to give in to his demands.

Darci - posted on 03/06/2011

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No way. He gets what I give him for breakfast and if he doesn't want it then its just too bad and he can wait till lunch. I might let him have a snack before lunch if he really is hungry but its something healthy like some fruit or yogurt something like that. But no we try not to give our son very much candy and especially never for breakfast. Picky or not if the kid is hungry they will eat what they are fed and if not then they must not be very hungry and then its just tough luck for them.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 03/06/2011

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Just don't let my fiancè make breakfast. He might try to microwave bread and stick some peanut butter on it. Then add some tea and ramen noodles. Okay it's not as bad as candy. But seriously microwaved bread?
I guess I get off easy because my daughter makes good choices on her own. She loves fruits and veggies and her babysitters all tell me (she had one from when she was almost 1 to when she was 5 and another one from when she was 5 to now when she's off from school who will also watch my younger daughter) they have no problem getting her to eat fruits and veggies.
If your child's picky, give them some healthy choices they can pick from in the mornings and other times that you know they like. Then slowly add in new foods. My daughter's first babysitter was Puerto Rican and she made the kids a lot of Hispanic foods that my daughter wasn't used to at home and she loved that.

Shelley - posted on 03/06/2011

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I am a four time mommy and I say no way to sweets in the morning!! its ok for a small on the go snack sometimes but even then there's dry cereal you can take in a baggie instead of all that sugar!! i get it there's some picky eaters out there but come on people please use common since would your mother give you candy for breakfast?? stop trying to take the easy way out, there has to be something besides candy that the child likes!!

Jenine - posted on 03/06/2011

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We are not born picky children, this is a habit not part of genetics. Habits are formed from the environment of which we live. If a mother/father is a picky eater then the child will see and pick up on that. A child who is constantly getting sick over foods, may not be a picky eater but may have a medical problem or may need to try foods slowly to allow their stomachs to settle.
My 3 children would love to have candy for breakfast, but don't get to unless it's Christmas morning. Candy is something, I personally rarely buy because children get enough of it with every holiday each month, b-days,etc. What ever happened to eggs and toast or oatmeal??
Children love healthy food if it looks good to eat.

Vicki - posted on 03/06/2011

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M&M's for breakfast?! OMG!!!

No way! I'd rather sprinkle a little sugar on some cereal than give my daughter sweets!! imagine the damage to her teeth etc?!

Dara - posted on 03/06/2011

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I wouldn't give my child candy for any meal! My kids eat what they are given or they don't eat at all. One missed meal isn't going to hurt, and they will learn that they should eat when they are given opportunity to do so.

Christia - posted on 03/06/2011

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Nope, my son (5) usually eats cereal and a piece of fruit for breakfast. I always give him 2 choices and he usually picks cereal. Now, I know you are thinking, it all depends on what KIND of cereal...let me just point out that his favorite cereal is Cinnamon Life which has very little sugar as compared to say Cocoa Puffs...My daughter (11 months) gets an 8 oz bottle and either yogurt mixed with oatmeal or some kind of fruit mixed with oatmeal. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Break it down you you get Break-Fast...you should eat no later than an hour after waking up because your body needs you to BREAK the 8+ hours of FASTing you just endured. Especially important for children who are learning good eating habits! 1 serving whole grain, 1/2 serving protein, 1 serving fruit is what everybody needs to eat for breakfast. :) NO CANDY for BREAKFAST!!

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 03/06/2011

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As I've said before, my older daughter is 6 so every morning I ask her what she wants for breakfast. She already knows that she's expected to eat healthy food for breakfast.

Vanessa - posted on 03/06/2011

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my kids are picky eaters only because they know the taste of many good things. they eat well if i let them choose what they want within reason..my kids would never pick candy or chocolate over fruits or yogurt so i give them each a handful of blueberries a couple sliced strawberrys and some yogurt then if they still want more i give them some grapes cut in half..candy is not an option for breakfast...thats just teaching them bad from the start eventually the wont want healthy food and wont have energy to get through the day.

Katrina - posted on 03/05/2011

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No way! It may seem easy to give in and easier to deal with but you need to keep pushing the healthier food. That is not healthy at all for them and can be bad in the long run.

Allie - posted on 03/05/2011

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I do have to say that I agree with Kristy (and others posted) that you only let you child have so much say when it comes to meal time... my son is not a picky eater because I do not allow him to be... he eats what my husband and I eat (we're typically pretty healthy eaters minus my cocoa puffs addiction). I do give him choices, like he can choose one of the vegetables I cook for dinner, and he has to take courtesy bites of everything.

My son knows that he does not "run the house", and that he has to listen to us (my husband and myself), his teachers, and other adults... with that said he also knows that his opinion is very important and that we do take it into account on most occasions.

Kristy - posted on 03/05/2011

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Absolutly not! There are so many things a parent can try if you have a "picky eater". I have a 1 y/o and he is open to so many new foods because we are always trying something new... His big kick right now is eating fruit and not wanting to eat much else! So I cut the fruit back and introduced more veggies (no ranch) my personal belief is that a child wont want something that they are not used to having, if you give in every time with your children then they will know that they can get away with throwing a fit and you will give in... If we cant control our children and they wont listen to us, how can we expect them to be respectful and listen to anyone else (teachers, etc.) There are a number of sugary cereals (although I wouldnt recommend them) try oatmeal with fruit, yogurt, toast with jelly, honey nut cherrios, etc. there are so many ways to make breakfast fun and "sweet".

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