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How To Keep Kids From Overloading On Candy This Halloween


It was Halloween 1984.  I was a ballerina as I’d been for the last few years because I was on a hardcore ballerina kick. As I walked from house to house collecting Halloween candy, I’d sneak my hand in my pillow in pluck out a piece or two and pop it into my mouth between houses. By the time I got home, I had the worst stomach ache of my life.

Halloween is tomorrow and while it’s almost impossible for you to stop your kids from shoving fistfuls of candy into their mouths, there are a couple of things you can do to control your kid’s candy consumption.

Every parent knows what it’s like to be up all night with a kid who’s got a bellyache from eating too much candy, so to save yourself and them, try doing a few of these things:

Early decisions: before trick-or-treating, sit down with your kids and decide with them what a reasonable amount of candy is to eat the big night and each night after until it’s all gone. You can even divide the candy into small baggies and ration it out to make the holiday last longer.

Eat dinner: before you send the kids out trick-or-treating, feed them a big meal so that they won’t be starving and want to sneak candy while going from house to house.

Emphasize the fun: take some emphasis off candy by focusing on the fun of the Halloween, like checking out the costumes and decorated houses. It’s a psychological thing.

Keep bribery out of the equation: whatever you do, don’t use your kid’s candy as a reward or punishment. If you do this, it can lead to unhealthy habits in the future.

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