Many of the people around us still really just don't understand our choices. They tell us we're being too strict. Or controlling. Or mean. Often they will sneak sweet treats to Kaya when we're not looking. I feel like I'm constantly fighting an uphill battle. And I'm tired.
Before, I wouldn't even let Kaya drink any kind of bottled fruit juice regardless of the label claims of "all natural" or "nothing artificial added" (natural or not, there's a hell of a lot of fruit sugar in a single glass of juice. Not to mention the fact that the fruit used is typically poor quality, half rotten waste fruit anyway). Now days If someone insistently pushes some juice to him I'll often just let him have it. Instead of arguing and pleading with Aunt X to not give him any cake at all, now I'll ask her to please cut only a small piece and to please wait until after dinner before offering it.
The fact that Kaya, like his father, has an extremely sweet tooth, does not make our quest for a sugar free life any easier. He's crazy about anything and everything sweet. Whereas a single small piece of tahin helva (a popular and traditional turkish confectionary made from crushed sesame seeds and sugar) would be more than enough for me, Kaya could eat 5 or 6 pieces and still be looking for more.
|Three different varieties of Tahini Helva. (Picture borrowed from http://www.seversekerleme.com/. Thank you)|
|Lokma. (Picture borrowed from http://tariflerim1.com. Thank you.)|
Please, let's all be respectful of the parenting decisions our friends and family make. Please, let's support them instead of challenging them. Afterall, (in the vast majority of cases) we parents live for our kids and are constantly struggling to do what we believe is best for our kids. And it's not easy. Not easy at all.