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Julia Roberts Is Right to Not Let Her Kids Have Sweets Everyday, Experts Say

Thu, August 12, 2010 5:19pm EDT by 2 Comments

The star of Eat Pray Love is stingy when it comes to letting her kids eat candy, but she admits she’s got a sweet tooth and cheats all the time!

Sometimes a girl’s just gotta have chocolate, and as far as Julia Roberts is concerned, that’s OK when the girl is her, but not one of her three kids! “I’m a pretty strict mom when it comes to sweets,” the 42-year-old tells People about Hazel and Phinnaeus, 5, and Henry, 3. “You want sweets, ice cream and cake to be a great treat and a celebration. Something that’s not everyday. I think this makes them appreciate it when they do have it.” Is this a good move or could it make kids crave sugar even more because it seems like a forbidden treat?

“This is a good idea,” Keri Glassman, nutrition expert and author of The Snack Factor Diet tells There’s a balance in moderating sweets without making them too alluring.  “You don’t want to make it like sweets are a bad thing, but you don’t want to make it an everyday thing either. If there are cookies around, don’t make it a big deal, they can have one, but there’s no reason to have desserts every day. That’s a habit the kids have to break for the rest of their life.” Case in point, Julia admits, “I’m not strict with myself. I cheat.” Yikes! She might find herself cheating and reaching for the cookie jar a little more than usual when she sees her twins go off to school.

As fall approaches, Julia told Access Hollywood that she’s not looking forward to her twins going off to school. “Am I finding it hard? Yes and no. I think it’s bittersweet, I’m sure, but I think for them, they don’t want to go and Henry does wanna go!” Julia says, “I’m in the middle.”

It’s clear Julia has a close and loving bond with her kids, as evidenced by the photo of her from Elle magazine (above), which features her cradling the head of her oldest son. “He was just trying to talk to me at the photo shoot and I said, ‘OK, take your shirt off and come sit next to me,'” Julia explains. “So he’s just talking away about something he wanted to do later.” Spoken like a true multitasking mama!