Today I went grocery shopping with my kids. The store I normally shop at doesn't give out cookies to kids, but I couldn't get everything I needed there, so I stopped off at one of the other stores in town.
Generally speaking, when I go a grocery store that does it, I get cookies for the kids. Today I did the same thing. I picked up the couple things I needed and stopped by the bakery to get them cookies before we went and paid.
This time, I thought about it. What am I teaching my children when I shove a cookie in their mouth to make them wait and be patient? Is this just another example of how we use food for something other then it's purpose?
On the other hand, I'm not against occasional treats. I honestly believe you have to strike a balance when it comes to teaching children about nutrition. Feed them sweets all the time and it's obviously a problem. If they never have them though, I can't help but think they will gorge themselves when they become old enough to buy their own.
So, for now, I've concluded that they can still have cookies at the grocery store. They eat fairly well most of the time. Our house has very limited snack foods because I control the environment for myself. I don't think it harms them to not have a lot of treats in the house; more likely it's good for them. The grocery store cookie will just be one of the occasional treats they can have.
I have concluded another thing though. When my son doesn't want to eat his cookie, I will no longer finish it off for him.
What do you think? Are grocery store cookies for kids just feeding the obesity epidemic, or are they a harmless treat?