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AIBU to not want my MIL to give my daughter an ice-cream everytime she picks her up after school?

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Millietj Fri 05-Jul-13 10:34:44

My MIL picks my daughter up from school on average twice a week - gives her sweets in the car home, then a biscuit and milk and then an ice-cream (not a little mini milk - yesterday she had a whole 99 cone - she's only five! On Monday it was a Magnum - not a full size one but still I'd struggle to eat a full one!) I pick her up at 5pm, take her home and we have dinner. Daughter has school dinners and they always have puddings.. So that's two puddings at least twice a week. I always let her have a treat after dinner - perhaps 5 smarties or something reasonable and tummy-size appropriate (sorry I know that sounds knobbish! but you know what I mean). My husband feels the same about this. We're not nazis at all about food and treats - she's very lucky with treats but surely all this ice-cream/biscuits/sweets before her dinner can't be nutritionally good for her???

I know grandparents are allowed to spoil children and if it was a one-off thing then we'd absolutely turn a blind eye and even appreciate the spoiling but it's a regular occurence.

Should we say something or are we being overly sensitive about it? I just want her to have as healthy a lifestyle as possible..

Would appreciate any thoughts just in case H and I are wrong about this.


ThreeEyedRaven Fri 05-Jul-13 10:37:33

I can totally see your point, however if DD is not overweight and eats healthily the rest of the time then I doubt its doing her any harm. one of my earliest memories is getting a pack of smarties from nana everytime I visited grin

Perhaps you could ask MIL to give DD smaller treats instead?

redskyatnight Fri 05-Jul-13 10:40:18

On the days your MIL picks her up, why not just not give her a pudding after dinner? Then she's simply had her "treat" before dinner rather than after.

I couldn't get worried about this, sorry. I think 5 smarties is a bit miserly for a 5 year old actually - my DC would be asking what had happened to the rest of the packet.

This week it's been hot and my DC have had ice lollies after school most days - and then no pudding after dinner. They don't appear to be nutritionally deprived.

LegoAcupuncture Fri 05-Jul-13 10:42:36

YABU. Just don't give her her 5 smarties after her tea if you're bothered.

If your mum did this would you have a problem, would you tell her not to do it?

BoysAreLikeDogs Fri 05-Jul-13 10:43:26

You should stop the pickup arrangements, pay for your childcare. Or suck up grandma doing your family a huge favour.

arethereanyleftatall Fri 05-Jul-13 10:45:44

Agree with other posters. YABU. One of the best things about being a kid is sweets and icecream. My girls have an icecream most days after school if it's hot. They also have really nutritious dinners. They're not remotely fat or unhealthy.
I sometimes wonder if the reason both my DDs do eat so well (we had sardines, brown rice and broccoli yesterday for dinner, all eaten) is because I'm not miserly when it comes to treats. I'm teaching them to love food, all food.

Millietj Fri 05-Jul-13 10:48:50

TER, I used to love getting treats too - but a packet of smarties is one thing - a vat of icecream is another!! :-)

RSAN, perhaps it isn't five - maybe 10.. :-) I always base it what I would eat and I wouldn't eat more than one packet of smarties in a go and my tummy's much bigger than hers - that's why I wouldn't give her a whole packet! - she's always really happy with it so I don't she feels in any way deprived and don't forget she has a pudding in the middle of the day. H always gives her an ice lolly after school when it's hot but she can have an ice lolly every day if she likes - very different to an icecream!

the icecream being her pudding before her dinner is a good idea but it doesn't solve the problem of it being her second pudding that day...

Jinty64 Fri 05-Jul-13 10:50:26

If it was every day I would not be happy but I think twice a week is ok. I also think 5 smarties is ridiculous.

You could ask her not to give her sweets in the car due to the risk of choking as I assume she is driving.

I dont see the issue. When my son (3) visits me mum and stepdad he has so many treats. Always offered yogurts, sweets, crisps, chocolate and ice cream. Not all of it in one day obviously but my mum would if she thought he would eat it grin

If I had of given him 5 smarties he would have thought I had lost it or eaten the pack.

Jinty64 Fri 05-Jul-13 10:55:24

I think she would be better with good quality icecream than smarties, lollies and sweets.

Millietj Fri 05-Jul-13 10:57:39

Thanks Ladies - I appreciate your thoughts. So glad I asked as hated the thought of upsetting my MIL (whom I love LegoA - it's nothing to do with the fact that she's my MIL). I get the feeling that you're all sorry for my daughter - seriously she gets loads of treats - she's a really happy, well-looked after little girl. We're good to her - she doesn't know anything about our issues with the Icecream Saga - food is never discussed in a negative way at all - she's encouraged to eat well and her treats are never an issue in her eyes. We love food too and it's a positive thing in our house. I just wanted some unbiased opinions about a concern of mine.

I could have done without the implications that I'm "miserly", or being ungrateful though. We're quite happy to pay for childcare - G has insisted on picking D up when the days are light and we're delighted for her to do that as I want them to spend as much time together as possible - she's not doing us a huge favour by doing it. She does however do us huge favours all the time and is thanked on a regular basis and is loved by us all.

Ta. I feel better (apart from the jibes) now that I've had some unbiased opinions back and don't have to have a horrible conversation with G.


soundedbetterinmyhead Fri 05-Jul-13 10:58:12

I think you need to be pragmatic about this and weigh up the risk of offending your mil / making her more guarded around your daughter/ mil deciding that she does not want to pick dd up from school against the benefit dd having two fewer icecreams per week.

I'm guessing that this is your first born? My advice would be to give her fewer sweets / puddings on the days when MIL collects her. It's lovely that she does stuff with her gran after school regularly.

soundedbetterinmyhead Fri 05-Jul-13 10:59:36

oops crosspost - sorted.

malteserzz Fri 05-Jul-13 11:00:37

If it was every day I could understand but it's fine for twice a week
Cant believe you would struggle to eat a whole magnum and give her 5 smarties

redskyatnight Fri 05-Jul-13 11:00:43

Well make her take a packed lunch , if you're concerned about the school pudding. Surely having 2 puddings twice a week is hardly a huge problem? (school puddings for 5 year olds are tiny ime anyway)

notanyanymore Fri 05-Jul-13 11:01:14


malteserzz Fri 05-Jul-13 11:01:51

Also x posted glad you're feeling better about it

halcyondays Fri 05-Jul-13 11:03:59

one ice cream cone does not equal "a vat of ice-cream" in my book. I certainly wouldnt struggle to eat a whole magnum.

I would just not give her anything after her dinner on the days her granny collects her.

Millietj Fri 05-Jul-13 11:09:54

My God, this is unreal. Malteserzz - I don't scoff down a whole magnum and give her five smarties!!!! All I meant was that were I to eat a magnum I would find it too much so how would my daughter fit it into her tummy?! Are you seriously suggesting that I would sit there and happily eat an icecream and just toss her a few smarties???

She gets her smarties in her treat pot and skips away with them quite happily - this is when she isn't having a cupcake that I've bought her that day or whatever other treat she has after her dinner.

Soundedbetterinmyhead - she is my first born and last sadly - is your implication that I'm what... uptight/concerned over nothing/making a mountain out of a molehill?? Nice.

You lot don't take any prisoners, do you? grin

I feel so much better about the MIL/DD/Ice-cream saga but BOY do I feel crap about myself now.

EldritchCleavage Fri 05-Jul-13 11:14:54

Oh, don't, it's just the regiment of judgmental cowbags that haunt MN sometimes.

Op I think Malt meant she cant believe you cant eat a full magnum in general. No idea how you jumped to your conclusion of what she meant though

Jinty64 Fri 05-Jul-13 11:16:58

I think you have been let off quite lightly. If you post in AIBU you have to expect people's very honest opinion without frills. If you want the sugar and spice post in parenting.

malteserzz Fri 05-Jul-13 11:17:51

I meant that I would easily eat a magnum and so would all of the adults I know

arethereanyleftatall Fri 05-Jul-13 11:18:49

Woops, sorry OP. The en-masse YABU does seem a bit harsh (myself included)! I think we all thought you were being precious, but your subsequent posts detail you're not. Sorry.
FWIW, I actually agree re the 5 smarties. I think for children the thought of having sweets is treat enough, not the quantity. So I too give a pot often for pudding, with raspberries, blueberries for example and a few actual sweets on top. They're happy as hotels, as much as they would be with a whole bag.

KateSpade Fri 05-Jul-13 11:20:59

My brother does the same thing with my DD, op. He gives her all sorts of chocolate & Ice cream, but she's not even two yet. He thinks he's being really nice treating her, it's so hard for him to understand she does not need to eat chocolate!


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