December 02, 2009

The Bed Time Snack

It was bound to happen. I didn't think Hubby would be the one to do it. However, based on experience, I should have known it was coming.
The other night, while I was at work, Hubby introduced our daughters to the bed time snack. OK, not RIGHT AT bed time, but you know what I mean. He was making Chex Mix (he makes a KILLER Chex Mix) and decided to share its fresh-out-of-the-oven goodness with the girls. They were ecstatic to receive a snack after dinner.
Little do they know, they used to get a night time snack. When they were one and two, about an hour after dinner I would load them up with Kix and other cereal to fill them up and send them to bed full and sleepy. I'm not really sure why the bed time snack disappeared. I think bath time just got in the way and these days we're scrambling to give them dinner, bathe them and get them in bed at a reasonable time.
Then Hubby messed it all up. He essentially told them that it's OK to eat after dinner. Now every night they want a bed time snack.
Yet, who am I to argue? When I was little, my grandma gave me ice cream after dinner, not at dessert time but as a bed time snack. It drove my mom crazy. After having ice cream (we're talking a full-on ice cream cone here, not ice cream in a bowl), I expected ice cream before bed every night! Hubby said his grandma did the same thing. It wasn't always ice cream, but when she babysat him she gave him a snack before bed.
Hubby pointed out that he and I STILL have a snack before bed. Old habits are hard to break. We try not to make it a disgustingly fattening snack, but sometimes that's hard to do. As for our girls, well, last night they each had a slice of cheese. That seemed to appease them. We'll see what happens though when "someone" gives them ice cream before bed time.


HST said...

We sometimes cave in to the request for water before bedtime, which I try to avoid at all cost for obvious reasons. We have not offered snacks to them before bedtime and can see how that will instantly be turned into a daily expectation! But we did roast marshmallows the other night after dinner!

Stephanie B said...

My husband and I also do better with a snack before bed. We're night owls and, since our children tend to sleep late, it may come naturally.

There's a perception that we all should have the same schedule and the same routine. I think you have to tailor it for the individuals.

As long as you know what you're giving them (yay cheese! I love cheese!), I don't see a problem. Not that you need my approval.

maryanne said...

We've always done bedtime snacks for our kids (and ourselves)...

reanbean said...

Interesting. I don't think I've ever thought of giving the kids a snack before bedtime. Although, I'm not sure they'd eat it, since they often barely touch dinner or the dessert that follows. However, my husband and I do like to have a little snack later in the evening (since we eat with the kids at 5:15pm), and I know that if I don't eat a snack close to bedtime, I will be starving when I wake up in the morning.

Quadmama said...

I'm definitely starving in the morning without something to eat about an hour or so before bed.

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