Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Photo by aubergene.
This week, I am away on a business trip. I thought it would be nice for HB to have a daily reminder of me each day I am gone.
So, last weekend, we baked cupcakes. We made heart-shaped cupcakes with pink frosting and white and red heart-shaped sprinkles -- very Valentines! They turned out really cute. She had so much fun doing it! (Oh, OK. I did too.)
We made 6 cupcakes -- one for each day I am gone. I told her that she could have one cupcake per day, and when she eats her last cupcake, then Mommy will be home the next day. It seemed like a really tangible way for her to understand when I would be returning and a nice treat for her while I was gone.
Then, on Sunday night, while I was sitting on the (delayed) flight, I had a sudden flash of horror. WHAT HAD I DONE?!?! I just gave the message to my little girl that cupcakes are a good substitute for Mommy's love. OMG! Am I laying the groundwork for her to have an eating disorder down the line?
What do you think? Is it OK to give treats as a placeholer in your absence?