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Old 12-10-2012, 11:51 AM   #1
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2 year old eats all her advent chocolate, teach her a lesson or not?

My two daughters, ages 6 and 2, have chocolate advent calendars, the kind where you open a door each night and eat one piece of chocolate. We had been leaving them on the kitchen table and my 2 year old has been great about not touching them until this morning when she ate 10 chocolates in 10 minutes. So here is the dilemma, do I teach her a lesson and let her watch her sister eat a chocolate every night while she has none? Or do I replace her calendar and let her continue her advent fun and chalk this up to a parental oops for leaving the chocolate in her reach?

I'm really on the fence about this one, if she were 3 or older I would have no problem teaching her a lesson, but she is just 2 and she really doesn't seem to get it. She knows she has done something wrong and that she wasn't supposed to eat the chocolate, but she doesn't seem to get that she doesn't have an advent calendar now.

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Old 12-10-2012, 11:53 AM   #2
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Its your fault for leaving it within her reach. Shes a baby for goodness sakes.
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:58 AM   #3
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Don't use an advent calendar to teach a lesson to a 2 year old.
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:02 PM   #4
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I would buy her a new one and keep it out of her reach. I think two year olds are too young to be expected to leave chocolate alone and eat one per day. My 5 year old ate an extra day this year. I would not punish her by making her see her sibling eat chocolate. She is too young for that.
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:04 PM   #5
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I would just say parental oops for leaving it down and replace the chocolate. Of course now I think mommy will put it up where they can't reach it again just in case. Lol. I would be on the fence too cause I would want to teach her a lesson but knowing my 23 month old she wouldn't understand and it would just cause a meltdown and drive mommy insane. Although you could kind of teach her a lesson. Don't put the chocolate in the calender. Then when she opens her you can remind her why but tell her if she would like a piece of chocolate you have one here for her. That way she gets what she did and knows that when we take the chocolate out its not there anymore.
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I think at 2 she is too young to understand fully so i would buy her a new one and keep it out of reach of her.

If she were older then yes I would teach her a lesson but she is still just a babe
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:07 PM   #7
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I don't think two years old is too young to learn about consequences. I like the idea of the PP to have her open the calendar each day and find no chocolate, but give her something by hand - maybe ask her each day why there is nothing there to reiterate the message. Once she has caught up, no problem!!!
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:13 PM   #8
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My DD is almost 2. I wouldn't blame her for eating something that was in her reach. She wouldn't get the concept yet of one per day for Advent.

Unless you want to deal with meltdowns for the next 2 weeks, I would buy a new advent calendar.
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OP here, my gut (and my husband) say to replace it, but a couple of friends I talked to said not to, made me feel like a bad mom for thinking about replacing it. Hence the question here. She'll be getting a new one this afternoon.
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In my family my mom usually buys 2 advent calenders in late November. My 6 year old sister usually eats most of it before advent even starts. A couple days after advent start grocery stores will have them 50% off and my mom usually buys 4 more. We bought them yeasterday on sale for $0.44 . I would just say buy them both a new one because if you only buy the younger one a new one then the older one will wonder why her sister got a whole new one because she didn't follow the rules. I would also put them out of reach this time
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In my family my mom usually buys 2 advent calenders in late November. My 6 year old sister usually eats most of it before advent even starts. A couple days after advent start grocery stores will have them 50% off and my mom usually buys 4 more. We bought them yeasterday on sale for $0.44 . I would just say buy them both a new one because if you only buy the younger one a new one then the older one will wonder why her sister got a whole new one because she didn't follow the rules. I would also put them out of reach this time
She won't be getting a whole new one, DH and I will take care of eating the first 10 days worth of chocolate

And they are on top of the fridge now
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:48 PM   #12
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glad it' s all resolved now.

when my ds was younger, he was over at a friend's,and his mom had left several bars of chocolate on the bench.
too much temptation for the 2 little boys- and they were all devoured- their answer was, well it was there!!
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:21 PM   #13
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OP here, my gut (and my husband) say to replace it, but a couple of friends I talked to said not to, made me feel like a bad mom for thinking about replacing it. Hence the question here. She'll be getting a new one this afternoon.
I have a feeling that your friends would replace it if they were in the position. A two year old is not going to learn anything from the experience if you try to "teach a lesson" she's just going to be sad that she didn't get any candy every day. The lesson that needed to be learned, was learned. You learned not to leave chocolate down around a 2 year old! LOL. Don't feel bad though. I learned the same thing this morning. I left my Merci on the night stand last night and my 2 and 3 year olds found it this morning. Now I'm down 4 pieces. It really sucks to watch kids gobble fine chocolate like it's Hershey's, not savoring it at all...
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That's why we got lego calendars, they don't taste very good.

For a two year old, I would just explain the situation and maybe give her some other treat on the days the chocolate has been eaten already. Maybe a different type of treat or a couple crackers or something. I would not replace the chocolates as those were eaten and I think she can understand it, but not necessary understand the "fairness" of not getting something. Just a thought. My overall feeling is that it is the Christmas season. What would Santa do? He would find a way to make DD learn about advent without punishing her for her misstep.
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She won't be getting a whole new one, DH and I will take care of eating the first 10 days worth of chocolate

And they are on top of the fridge now
I would do the same thing with my two year old. He's too young to get the concept of "only open one a day!", and he wouldn't understand the punishment for a crime that happened days earlier. It would be a big melt down every day for the next 10 days, and he wouldn't even understand the lesson he was supposed to learn.

Enjoy your chocolate, and Merry Christmas!
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