I previously wrote a blog post about how I wasn’t going to potty train my 2 year old and I am now happy to say that our lovely little bundle of fun is not wearing nappies during the day any more. He is 3 and a half years old and due to start school in September shortly after he turns 4 so it does come as a welcome relief.
A new Change4LIfe campaign has been launched in the UK regarding the choice of healthier snacks for children which aims to help combat childhood obesity and reduce the daily intake of sugar.
From a dentists point of view this is great! We really want kids to have less sugar, especially as the number of tooth extractions on children under the age of four is steadily increasing (further info)
So how much sugar is too much?
Our little girl took us by surprise and arrived two weeks earlier than anticipated which meant that I ended up missing my last day of work and starting my maternity leave earlier than expected. I was going to have a couple of weeks to get myself sorted and prepare for her birth whilst spending as much one on one time as possible with our son. As so often happens in life, events didn’t quite go to plan so I was left hurriedly buying some newborn sleepsuits on the way to hospital!
Looking back at the time around our son’s birth I feel I learned a lot from the choices I made in the early days, especially during my maternity leave. There are a few things that I would like to approach in a different way this time.
I am a dentist as well as being a mum and as such I will not be denying my son any involvement in the fun of Halloween. I’m not likely to take him out ‘trick or treating’ this year purely because I won’t get back from work in time but it is definitely something he will be able to take part with in the future.