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11 Responses to Sugar-Free Parenting for a Sweet Childhood

  1. Tamara  

    Thank you! I’ve been looking for ways to cut back on sugar since my daughter has about five cavities. ๐Ÿ™

  2. Shaina

    Thank you for this! We don’t do sugar either…partly because I believe that it’s not good for you and partly because me and my two daughters struggle with candida overgrowth. We also don’t do flouride and save the dentist for only if we need it, I was just the other day noticing how beautiful and white my girls teeth are! And I’m sure this has a lot to do with how healthy they eat and them not consuming sugar. And, like you said my girls know what good quality “sweets” are…on my husband’s last vacation I caved and let my girls get icecream from the local dairy, my 4 year old took just a few bites and then said “mommy, this is just too sweet!”
    She was way more content with my not as sweet homemade treats!

  3. Sylvia@MaMammalia

    I love this! My son was also refined sugar-free until he turned two. Then, like you said, things have slowly crept in. While we are still pretty darn close to refined sugar-free, it’s still more than I’d like (darn ketchup!). I try to look at it as a balancing act, with some well-reasoned compromise. If I don’t have time to bake everything the way I find acceptable, then an occasional store-bought graham cracker is fine.

    The wonderful thing I’ve noticed is that my son doesn’t have a strong sweet tooth and he seems to prefer sweets made with fruit as opposed to processed sugar. This is pretty much what I was hoping would happen! Since his palate is trained to recognize sweetness as coming from fruit and honey, I think it will make it easier to guide him to make healthy choices as he gets older and sees other kids eating sugar-crack.

  4. Christine @ African Babies Don't Cry  

    Yes! So glad there is another parent out there that feels as strongly about sugar as I do. Jesse is also completely sugar free and I intend to keep him that way for as long as possible ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Lara

    Hi, thank you so much for these recipes, I was struggling to keep my 2 year old on a sugar free diet and this has given me some great ideas. Is there a way to contact you directly? Many thanks

  6. Sarah

    Thank you for this! We have been artificial/refined/processed sugar free in my home since my son was born (he’s 4 now) & we constantly face pressure from family & other Mommy and Daddy friends to give in. But I’ve held strong because I want to instill good, healthy habits in my son in his formative years ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s so isolating because the pressure to not give in makes me seem like the very odd parent out — it’s really good to know there are other parents that feel the same so maybe we’re not so crazy ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Moorea  

    Thank you all for your comments! I love reading these. You feel less odd and isolated and now I do too! I’m going to be adding an allergen and sugar-free portion to my blog so please find me at Facebook under MamaLadyParenting or go to http://www.mamalady.wordpress.com and follow me There is a new recipe for angel food cake already up.

  8. Jen Fischer  

    We’re not strict, but I am mindful. We’ve been experimenting with alternatives, and had a lot of fun concocting these cookies the other day. Though the M&Ms in the trail mix we had been given by a friend were a definite cheat. Luckily, there were only about 4-5 left in what she gave us.

  9. Chelsea

    Thank you. This was wonderful. My DD is 10 mo old. I have worked hard to cut the sugar out of my diet to set an example for her. I want to instill healthy habits in my children so they aren’t adults wondering why mom didn’t teach them how to live the right way. It has been difficult. My DH’s family just doesn’t understand. They are constantly pushing me introduce her to things I have made a point to avoid. They think I’m crazy. I think they are crazy. It is comforting to know I am not alone. Thank you.

  10. Laura

    Thank you for your article. While I agree with you I think it gets much more difficult to manage the no sugar policy once the kids are older. I find I have a constant battle with my daughter to avoid sugar: birthday parties, camp, daycare, getting a haircut.. everyone seems to offer up some sort of sugary treat that I’m supposed to take away from her. I wonder if I won’t make her obsessed with bad sweets if I keep denying her.