I figured I wouldn’t have to worry about the dangers of addiction for many years yet, but while I was complacently looking the other way, my daughter has become completely and uncontrollably addicted. 

To raisins. 

It’s my own fault – I kept a constant supply of snack boxes in my handbag to keep her from causing a scene on public transport. 

One box became two, until she was polishing them off like a raisin-eating conveyor belt. I should have spotted the signs. 

The desperate look in her eyes, the grasping hands, the pleading whine that only stopped when a box of raisins appeared. 

One day I made the terrible mistake of boarding a bus without enough dried fruit to last the entire journey. 

Big Sis was winding up to a full decibel meltdown until another mum stepped forward with an emergency bread stick. Thankfully it was enough to distract her until I could rush to the shops and stock up again. 

Who knew grapes could be so darn dangerous?


  1. Its a Mummys Life - December 19, 2009

    I love this! I have exactly the same problem with my 2 year old. She is totally addicted. But I have made her cravings worse by adding all sorts of other things into the equation: dried apricots, those hideous organix fruit bars, sultanas (known inexplicably as Toto). Her nappies are beyond revolting and I’m going to have to wean her off them when we potty train…Like you it started as a harmless bribe but has turned into a monster!! So funny to read your experience.

  2. Jacqui - December 19, 2009

    Eurgh, don’t get me started on the nappies!! What the hell do raisins actually do the digestive tract to cause that result?? Actually, I’d rather not know… I’m glad I’m not the only one who finds those Organix bars a pain – they just crumble into dust before they even reach my daughter’s mouth, leaving her still hungry, and me with a huge mess to clean up!!

  3. Aunty Tania - December 20, 2009

    only time until she gets addicted to the fermented kind… hic!

  4. George's Mum - December 21, 2009

    Jacqui- I’m really sorry but the colours on your blog make it quite hard to read!! It’s making my eyes go funny. Anna x x x x

  5. Jacqui - December 21, 2009

    Actually, my blog’s getting a big fancy schmancy revamp in a few week’s time (not by me – I wouldn’t have the first clue how to do it!) so problem should be resolved very soon, and your eyesight saved!!! xx

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