Somehow, someway, we’ve steered Cool Baby clear of a love of sweets. Just a few weeks ago, he shot Dora down on ice cream. Then on Easter, one of his best friends offered him a pink plastic egg filled with saccharine treats. I watched their exchange with trepidation. Would this be the downfall of all of our brainwashing loving guidance?
Cool Baby coolly replied, “I don’t like candy.”
Woo-hoo! Our Knowing Is Thriving, Keeping Away Treats, or KITKAT, program remains intact! However, the biggest threat to keeping CB off candy came where you’d least expect it: home. And it was all my fault.
During two egg hunts that day, CB collected quite a trove of Easter eggs. Instead of tossing the sweets, Cool Mum kindly put them aside for me. She presented me with a sugar stash that consisted of a mini Reese’s peanut butter cup, a caramel-laden Rolo, and a variety of Jelly Belly jellybeans. Approximately 35 minutes later, which was the duration of lunch, I dove in.
Last week, CM said that CB told her that he wants to be “just like Daddy.” Heart, melted. When CM asked him why, he explained that it’s “because he drives.” I’ll take it.
With great power and the adulation of your children comes great responsibility. I absentmindedly walked by CB as I was feasting on an open egg of Jelly Bellys. He asked me, “Daddy, do you like candy?”
Uh-oh. A ‘yes’ would’ve kickstarted a desire for candy in CB. A ‘no’ would be lying. I don’t LOVE candy, but it’s nice to have around.
As I stood there trying to defuse the situation, CM jumped in: “I played a trick on Daddy! I filled his Easter egg with peas!”
I gratefully played along. “Oh yeah… Haha, Mommy tricked me!” And we all laughed.
I hid the jellybean-stuffed egg, while CM asked, “What’s that smell? Did Micah do a poo-poo?”
CD: I don’t know. Here, check. (picks up Newbie and puts his bum up to her nose)
CM: Yup. OK, go change it, Daddy!
CD: But I need to finish my peas!
I changed the diaper with no complaints, because CM’s quick thinking saved us from a much bigger mess.