So here’s the thing – we’ve caught him at it several times, but he’s very very sneaky about it so we know he must have done it even more and we just didn’t catch him.
He is crazy about sweets (candy if we’re in the US) and is always asking for sweets and sweeties. We try to limit his intake on them to a low level sugar buzz – but he’s always ready for more. He does get fruit daily and we water down his juice. He’s always been a good eater and will eat almost anything you put in front of him but prefers eggs for breakfast with bread and nutella and chicken and salmon and rice as his lunch or dinner of choice – with apples, bananas and clementines though-out the day and a granola bar for an after school snack.
So he’s not deprived (of nutritious food or sweet things, he’s half Belgian so does get his daily does of chocolate) – but gum is one of those things we don’t think is for children.
The first time it happened I had picked him up from school and we took a bus down the road to Peter Jones department store. He was sitting next to me and we chatted the whole time and he enjoyed a juicebox. We then made purchases on several floors – me holding his hand the whole time. When we got to the card section (30 mins after the bus-ride) I see him pulling something long and stringy out of his mouth – I ask him “what is that” and he tells me it’s his gum. I asked him where he got it and he gave me a complicated story about Aliens putting it in his pocket. After I assured him I didn’t believe his story and he needed to tell me the truth he said he found it between the seats on the bus. GAG!
So I got rid of the gum, told him it was never ok to pick up food, candy or gum that he found in public, on a bus, on the street, floor, sidewalk – his response “but I like sweets!”
Since then he got in trouble at school for chewing ABC gum he found in the school yard and playing with it. We’ve also stopped numerous occasions on the bus, street etc, where he pretends to tie his shoes (which are velcro strapped) or drop his bag or book to try and sneakily get the ABC gum.
So it’s not just gross – it could be potentially unhealthy. He gave our family stomach flu and other colds etc this – and no wonder! We watch him more carefully than ever – but there’s got to be something to make this stop.
So if you have any suggestions on how you’ve dealt with this or what to do – I could use your advice or support.
I do hold out hope, Kelly from Momservations is a self-confessed ex ABC gum addict. (so like my son she was 4 too – and she’s been ABC gum free since, you can read her Confessions of ABC gum addict here)
Any words of wisdom?