Why I couldn’t let my daughter have chocolate for breakfast

I think I must have actually been the only one on Easter Sunday. The only Mummy who didn’t let her daughter eat chocolate Easter Eggs at breakfast time.Well, I can’t have been but it felt like it! The whole of my social media was full of it.

Β I just couldn’t do it. It may have been my Dietitian brain kicking in thinking it’s just plain wrong! Breakfast is cereal and toast not a bag of Mini Eggs. It also may be me doing what I did as a child; I would have never been allowed to open my Easter Eggs until mid afternoon and this was providing I had eaten all my lunch first. I used to have friends who admitted to eating a whole egg as well, including all the additional sweets inside. This was just so alien to me; I was allowed half an egg or the sweets and that was that. I was happy and my eggs lasted until June. Was I treated a bit harshly? I’m not sure. You never know what is classed as “right” as a parent. Often, only what is normal to you.

I know Easter is only just once a year and of course chocolate for breakfast is something that only happens just once a year. I can hear the “come on, live a little”! Mummy’s all over are not going to start giving chocolate eggs on toast as a standard start to the day. Despite this, I just couldn’t bring myself to let my gremlin have anything until later on in the day. She wouldn’t eat her lunch, she may have puked and the thought of that amount of fat and sugar entering her little system in one go was just a big fat no no.

I get a lot of stick for this now, actually from the people who lay down the law to me; my parents. They were dying to let my gremlin have some chocolate on Easter morning. Must be a grandparent thing as this was a massive no to me and my brother.

I think it’s the right decision but maybe because I have quite a good attitude to sweet treats. I have something nice everyday; maybe a small amount but still something. I’ve never been one of those people who denies them self chocolate but then binges a few days later. All about moderation. A treat always has to be after my main meal too. Is this from when I was younger? I was never denied sweets and chocolate but always in small amounts and always after 3pm. I used to watch the clock tick around excitedly. Still remember it now.

So I may be the boring Mummy, the strict Mummy, the healthy Mummy. I’m not sure but one thing is; she won’t be getting her chocolate eggs for breakfast whilst I’m in charge.

What do you think? Mean? Or right? I’d love to know

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45 Comments

  1. April 7, 2015 / 4:18 pm

    Nope you're not the only one, I made sure Alfie had his brekkie first then he didn't have any till later in the day…..although he then gorged and didn't want anymore chocolate after that lol. X

    • mm April 7, 2015 / 6:10 pm

      That's good to know hun! And at least he knew when he was full! xx

  2. April 7, 2015 / 6:09 pm

    No chocolate for my little ones until after lunch either. Not that I object to the concept of breaking the rules occasionally but Sunflower is just a little too young to understand the concept of rule waiving on special occasions. She didn't ask for chocolate at breakfast so I didn't offer.

    • mm April 7, 2015 / 6:11 pm

      She's a good girl eh? Glad I'm not alone and thanks for the comment xx

  3. April 7, 2015 / 9:12 pm

    A breakfast table decorated with chocolate, a 4 year old's big eyes and pleading and a 2 year old not wanting to miss out… even I sneaked a little choc egg for BF….. maybe next year they won't be on the breakfast table…

    • mm April 8, 2015 / 5:36 am

      Louise Robertson I am shocked! haha. I'll learn from you :-p x

  4. April 7, 2015 / 10:45 pm

    My kids didn't have Easter eggs at breakfast either, they had a nibble after breakfast and more mid afternoon which isn't so bad I don't think.

    • mm April 8, 2015 / 5:37 am

      No I think sounds good! I'm told as mine gets older I'm going to struggle with this! x

  5. April 8, 2015 / 5:45 am

    I think just like all parenting decisions you have to what is right for your family….I don't think that makes you better or worse! She got her chocolate and like you she will grow up thinking this is the right way because this is how my mom did it, and that's ok.

    • mm April 8, 2015 / 1:38 pm

      Thanks Laura that's a fab comment xx

  6. April 8, 2015 / 6:11 am

    This was the first year my daughter got chocolate Easter eggs and we didn't let her have chocolate for breakfast either. She is only 1 lol so we just let her have a little chocolate coin after her dinner. We will make the chocolate she did get last until Christmas lol! She eats so well and eats lots of fruit that I don't want her thinking that eating chocolate everyday is the norm x x

    • mm April 8, 2015 / 1:38 pm

      Aww that's good to know.I wish my little girl would eat fruit!! She's a nightmare xx

  7. April 8, 2015 / 8:08 am

    Luckily I don't have this problem, my little man doesn't like chocolate or sweets. He was given a lot of Easter eggs from our friends and they will sit in the cupboard slowly being eaten by me and my husband. He won't touch the stuff! x

    • mm April 8, 2015 / 1:39 pm

      That's a fab solution!! You can enjoy instead hehe x

  8. April 8, 2015 / 12:35 pm

    I think my boy had some melon first for breakfast but then he was allowed some small eggs from his Easter egg trail straight afterwards. He's not massively into chocolate though so he didn't go mad. Sweets are his thing, he'd have them for breakfast, lunch and dinner if he could! xx #sharewithme

    • mm April 8, 2015 / 1:39 pm

      Sounds lovely πŸ™‚ Yeh sweeties are quite tempting hehe x

  9. April 8, 2015 / 2:03 pm

    We didn't buy Gwenn an Easter egg and neither did anyone else. Plus, she was really ill on Sunday so she didn't eat anything until after lunchtime anyway. I'm not against Easter eggs for breakfast necessarily – each to their own I guess – and Gwenn LOVES chocolate (she's 2 in a fortnight) but this year it just didn't come up. xx

    #sharewithme

    • mm April 8, 2015 / 6:53 pm

      Ah shame she was poorly though eh? Hope she is better now. But at least she didn't end up having any! Hope she had a bit later on xx

  10. April 8, 2015 / 4:09 pm

    You're definitely not the only one Sarah. I didn't even buy my girls Easter eggs (they already had been given a couple any way) but they didn't get to eat chocolate for breakfast. Jessica's heart condition means that she's at risk of endocarditis if she gets a mouth infection so dental care is extra important and so I'm quite strict with the sweets – she's allowed chocolate as a treat and will be having her Easter eggs gradually and only after a meal. I do wonder sometimes if I'd be so strict if it wasn't for the importance of good dental care having been drummed into me though.

    • mm April 8, 2015 / 6:55 pm

      That's good to hear. Must be quite scary for you with Jess then so better to be safe! I have been told I will get softer as my gremlin gets older! Will have to see xx

  11. April 8, 2015 / 7:32 pm

    You're not the only one, I do not want my girls thinking chocolate is a treat in that way, they had it in dribs and drabs throughout the day and still have some left over xx

    • mm April 8, 2015 / 8:25 pm

      Sounds good! We have lots left too….mainly mine and hubby's! Oops x

  12. April 8, 2015 / 8:24 pm

    I hate mine having chocolate for breakfast but I have to admit that I'm in the "it's only once a year" camp. You do whatever you feel is best for you and your child though πŸ™‚

    • mm April 8, 2015 / 8:26 pm

      Yep that's fair dos. I just felt like I couldn't but maybe in years to come? xx

  13. April 9, 2015 / 4:16 pm

    The Mother says – You're absolutely right about the Grandparents. It definitely changes them! I will hang my head in shame and say we had 'eggs' for breakfast and not the ones that come from a chicken but I admire you for sticking to your guns. That's the sign of a fab mummy πŸ™‚ #sharewithme

    • mm April 10, 2015 / 5:04 pm

      It so does! Thanks and lol not judging at all! I just had an egg block. Lovely comment thanks x

  14. April 10, 2015 / 11:21 am

    We always have sometime savoury before sweets whatever time of day it is. Luckily mine are more concerned with the hunt than eating the prize so wasn't a bit problem. I have to admit the first thing that crossed my mouth was a pain au choc though πŸ˜‰

    • mm April 10, 2015 / 5:05 pm

      That sounds great. Pain au choc is a bit nicer actually! Especially with a cuppa πŸ™‚ x

  15. April 10, 2015 / 6:31 pm

    I'm with you hon, definitely not for breakfast. Monkey had some as his mid morning snack a couple of times but for the moat part it is only as a treat if he's eaten all his dinner and hubs actually took a load of his chocolate to work as it just seemed like way too much for such a small person. He has some every now and then but it has to he a treat in my book! Sounds like you have the sensible idea to me, I read somewhere that the average child consumes 8000 calories of chocolate on Easter Sunday, which horrifies me slightly!! Xx

    • mm April 10, 2015 / 9:16 pm

      Thanks Caroline! I know the amount of chocolate is crazy for someone so lucky! I bet hubby was pleased. 8000kcals is just crazy isn't it? xx

  16. April 10, 2015 / 6:40 pm

    I confess. I had chocolate for brekkie! Oh dear. I gave my mummy the puppy dog look though…. πŸ˜‰ #PoCoLo

    • mm April 10, 2015 / 9:16 pm

      hehe is Mummy soft? x

  17. April 10, 2015 / 7:01 pm

    Brilliant, and you will think I am the mean one because my kids don't ever get chocolate ever. They have their whole lives ahead to fill their bodies with candy, chocolate, soda, and crisps and crap and while they are growing and developing I don't see the need except to satisfy our own want for them to have it and see them go crazy for it. I have give my children ice cream twice in their four/two years of life and they are no worse off for not having all that crap. Oh rant over I think you are amazing for not giving it to gremlin hahaha at breakfast. I am just a bit ott about it too. I would't freak if they ever had a bite of chocolate I am sure my parents and in laws have snuck it but what I don't know what hurt me. hahaha Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. Have a great weekend. #sharewithme

    • mm April 10, 2015 / 9:17 pm

      Thanks Jenny. Wow you are very good! To be be fair we rarely give our gremlin any. It's Nanny that wants to. You have a great attitiude! Thanks very much for hosting xx

  18. April 10, 2015 / 7:06 pm

    You're not alone. We didn't allow the kids to eat any chocolate until they had had a proper breakfast. After that, though, it was a bit of a free-for-all …

    • mm April 10, 2015 / 9:17 pm

      hehe until they were sick?lol. Thanks for the comment x

  19. April 10, 2015 / 9:37 pm

    I haven't done in the past but I have to admit to doing it a little bit this year! Good for you for sticking to your guns and not following everyone else though. Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo x

  20. April 11, 2015 / 7:24 am

    I didn't realise chocolate for breakfast was a thing at Easter? Our kids had breakfast as normal, then some egg at random intervals throughout the day. I don't mind them having a fair. It of chocolate, Easter is only once a year, but you need nutritional meals in between chocolate!

  21. April 11, 2015 / 5:00 pm

    Nope no chocolate for breakfast here either. In fact I'VE eaten his eggs……x

  22. April 12, 2015 / 7:02 am

    Baby L had a lick of a creme egg but that was about it – I instead did the decent thing and ate her chocolate for her πŸ™‚

  23. April 12, 2015 / 9:03 am

    Definitely right. I'm terrible with chocolates and I'm keen not to pass that on to my son. I'm not big on Easter eggs anyway and I'll have to think of a way to keep them to the absolute minimum when we get to this point. My little is still finding his feet with solids, so this issue is still some distance for us. I say, 'good on you mummy, for doing your best for your daughter'.

  24. April 12, 2015 / 11:53 pm

    You have to decide what you feel is best and stick to it. That doesn't mean you can never deviate, or go just plain crazy! My kids eat pretty healthy, but I've also been known to give them cake for breakfast or ice cream for dinner. Not often, but they definitely remember those times!

  25. March 27, 2016 / 9:34 pm

    I felt the same when my timeline by 8am was full of kids scoffing chocolate! It is each to their own, but partly for me I feel Toby is way too young to understand that it’s only one day of the year but he’s clever enough to know he likes it so I’d be setting myself up for weeks of him wanting chocolate for breakfast and daily morning battles! I’d sooner let him have a more naughty treat after lunch, once he’s eaten all his proper food xx
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  26. March 28, 2016 / 3:08 am

    I don’t really remember what our rules were. I wasn’t bothered about chocolate eggs when I was little. By the time I was nine my parents were buying me a box of forerro roche (sp?) instead. I’m pretty sure my brother’s sore tummy was his only restriction as his sweets inevitably disappeared rapidly. I’m upping the ante and not celebrating at all as it’s a little too religious to sit comfortably (I am a hypocrite with Christmas though πŸ™‚ ) So if you’re mean, I’m meaner.
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      March 28, 2016 / 3:24 pm

      I can’t believe that! I think you will always be meaner and I get what you mean about the religious bit. Not sure the gremlin knows why it is Easter!! x