It’s just so tiresome for parents to be forced on the defensive every single place they go. On a family day out to the zoo or to a theme park - ‘No, you can’t have an ice cream’. Going swimming and as they walk into the leisure centre - ‘No, you can’t have a smoothie’. A trip to the cinema and, yet again, parents are forced into the hard-faced negative - ‘No junk food – the cinema is the treat.’ Even in the chemist - ‘No you can’t have a lollypop’! All these ‘no’s’ are exhausting, and they set a negative and irritable tone to every outing with the kids. In this article for mummypages.ie, I explore 'Sweet lies: The danger of our treat culture'.