so, we've recently been taking the RU approach of not restricting various things - the big ones being TV and sweets - things that in the past we've been pretty careful / strict with in th epast.
naturally, they have since been happily binging / detoxing on a steady diet of kung fu panda (just started the 3rd viewing of the day and its only 9.19am!), cars, 101 dalmations, cbeebies and sweets.
these things in themselves aren't an issue for us, and we're happily to trust the process and let them get through it in their own time, but th eissue of the cost of sweets is becoming a bit of a problem.
every time we walk past a shop that sells sweets we get the request for sweets, an dnot just a chomp or anything small - we're talking big bags of malteasers, haribo, m&ms - stuff that costs well over a pound a go - at the rate our eldest can go (and also our youngest who then also wants sweets) we could be spending rediculous amounts of money, and more than we can really afford to do.
the trouble is, how to explain to him that us saying no to him is a matter of finances, and not because we are trying to palm him off with an excuse (as we may have done previously)...
we do try to offer other homemade sweet (altho relatively healthy / non-sugary) things thru the day and they're happy enough to have them, but it doesnt stop the draw to shop bought stuff too.
any suggestions / experiences / thoughts are more than welcome!