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Tips to Cope with Hallowe’en Candy

Hello Parents,

The big day has come and gone and now you probably have more candy in your household than you want or need.  Here are several tips to cope with kids and candy.

  • You, the parents, are the keeper of the candy bags.  Letting children keep their candy bags in their bedrooms is a recipe for disaster.  Older children may be granted this privilege if you know they will handle the candy responsibly.
  • Go through the candy and discard any candy that looks suspicious.
  • Donate a portion of candy to those you know who couldn’t participate in  Hallowe’en.  Many people, including friends and relatives, live in condos and townhouses which do not allow trick or treaters.  They, especially those living alone, would probably appreciate a small gift of candy.
  • Let your children pick out a few treats to eat at recess OR lunch.  If you find that your children are just eating the candy, then the natural consequence is not to include the candy as snacks or dessert the following day.
  • Avoid giving candy as night-time snacks.  Increased sugar levels will lead to less sleep.
  • If children start to become grumpy, complain about tummy aches and/or engage in disruptive behaviors, it’s time for a candy-free day.
  • Choose to let your children have more candy on the week-ends when they can engage in outdoor activities to run those “sugar highs” off.
  • For after-school snacks, include healthy snacks along with Hallowe’en candy.

Hallowe’en is an exciting time for children, and the thought of having so much candy at their fingertips is an overwhelming temptation for children.  Use this time as an opportunity to teach them about what food their bodies need to function properly (good nutrition) and the effects of eating too much candy.

Teach them that eating too much candy has an IMPACT on them and those around them.  The best thing they can do is to learn how to regulate their candy intake appropriately.  In that way, they learn to show compassion and kindness for themselves and their bodies as well as for others (you, their teachers) they interact with on a daily basis!

What are you going to do this Hallowe’en to teach you children how to appropriately manage their candy intake?

Until next time,

Judith

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