It’s the day after Halloween, and parents across the country are faced with a problem: How to keep my kids from eating too much candy! while we, of course, encourage an honest discussion with your children about why eating too much candy is bad, sometimes other tactics must be employed…
Here are some ideas to help with the post-Halloween candy stupor!
—Leave It for the Candy Fairy
When my daughter was younger, the Candy Fairy struck a deal. She could leave as much or as little of her Halloween candy as she wanted on the dining room table before bed, and the Candy Fairy would come take it away. If she left a lot, she’d get a “big” toy (nothing extravagant, maybe $5-7). If she left a little, she’d get a “little” toy (maybe something from the dollar store?). She loved this and it was an easy way to cut down on the amount of leftover candy after Halloween, without getting into a power struggle over it.
—bodhimama on familyfitness.about.com
—Donate It To Soldiers Or Another Group of People In Need
This is a great way to teach your kids about sacrifice, and about sharing our bounty and blessings with those who need a pick-me-up. Making others feel happy makes us happy, when we focus on the warm and happy feelings we can bring to others.Here’s more info!
—Keep Candy Out Of Sight
There is no need to display Halloween candy in a dish on the dining room table. This will encourage kids to constantly graze from it. Instead keep fruits and veggies in sight.
After we went trick or treating my mom always made us dump all of our candy on the floor and went through it. She was looking for any candy that might have broken wrappers or look suspicious. Then she gave us a reasonable amount and stashed the rest in her room. We got a decent ration every day until it was all gone. There were no stipulations on whether we got it or not (I mean where’s the fun in that?), but it did ensure that we weren’t engorging ourselves on nothing but sugar all day.
—khayesrn on familyfitness.about.com
—Eat, then treat.
Establish a rule that if they want to eat a piece of candy, kids must have a nutritious snack first. This encourages them to eat more healthy foods and leave less room in their bellies for the junk.
—Offset with exercise.
Encourage, or require, kids to add extra physical activity when they eat candy–anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on their age, size, and fitness level.
—Save only the most special Halloween candy.
Set a limit ahead of time and have kids choose a select number of pieces of candy–say, two to three pieces for each year of their age–to keep. Donate or trash the rest, and make healthier items (popcorn, dehydrated fruit) freebies.
—Share with Adults
A co-worker brought in her daughter’s Halloween stash and left in our break room. She simply asked her daughter if she would be willing to share some of her candy with her adult friends at work who didn’t have kids of their own to share any candy with them. She gave her daughter a snack bowl to fill, allowing her to pick what candy to keep and what to share. I must say this little girl was very generous.
—Guest lila on familyfitness.about.com