I saw the best idea at the grocery store yesterday. There was a family there shopping that had several kids, I had noticed them a couple times as I was perusing the aisles (am I the only one who notices when you see the same family or people more than once in the same store?) but what really caught my attention was when I overheard them in the produce section. The dad was helping the children pick out apples, but they weren't just picking out apples for the family to eat, they were picking out apples for each child to have as a treat. The dad was discussing the different apples and what they tasted like, and when he was done each child had picked out an apple of their own. I think this is an awesome idea! Now, my son is only 3 months old so it's not like he is begging for treats at the grocery store, or even giving me puppy dog eyes for them yet. All he wants from me right now is milk. But I know someday he will want treats. And I remember when I was young there were a few occasions where my parents would splurge and get us each a candy bar or something and that was always fun. I have heard that some families buy little treats like special paper or pencils instead of candy, and that is a good idea if you need to cut down on sugar, but I think this family has the best idea. Fruit is totally healthier than candy, and probably cheaper too. And as an added bonus if the child is involved in picking out the fruit they are probably more likely to eat it, so it might help with picky eaters who won't eat fruit. I also remember when my mom would get what we called "fun" fruit, which is basically anything out of the ordinary fruits we would have all the time. Things like kiwi, mango, and even ugli fruit were explored and sometimes loved. So if you are looking for a treat to buy for your kids next time you go to the grocery store, let them pick out a fruit and see if they like it!