The ultimate oxymoron, isn’t it?!
Now I’m not suggesting we banish chocolate or boycott candy corn, but if your kids are anything like mine, sugar binges never end well…
So how do we embrace the spirit of Halloween without having our kids hanging off the ceiling or throwing tantrum after tantrum?
- Make a plan
One of the best ways to lessen post-Halloween candy meltdowns is to make a plan ahead of time. Sitting down as a family a few days before the big night is a great opportunity to set expectations. Set yourself up for success by including your kids in the planning, offering choices surrounding how many houses you’re going to visit and setting limits as to how many candies would make an appropriate snack.
Another great way to prep for potential pitfalls is to ask “what if” questions.
“Hmmm. Ok, three candies at snack sounds reasonable to me. What should we do if you want to have four?”
“I agree that sticking to our street is a great strategy. What should we do if you feel like changing your mind?”
This this a great way to not only involve your kids decision making, but also allows them to take ownership of their choices. Their solutions to the “what if” questions lessen the stress of the evening if things happen to slide off the rails, as you can revert to your mutually agreed upon plan. Kids are much more likely to stick to rules they’ve had a hand in making.
- Leave the pillowcases at home
Bottom line — the bigger the bag, the more candy your kids are going to want. Using a smaller container keeps the candy volume in check while also letting them feel like they’ve had a major haul.
Halloween is one night a year and a few extra candy bars isn’t going to rot your kids’ teeth or make them obese. Embrace the magic and the fantasy with your little ghouls and goblins, take lots of pictures and make lots of memories.
At the end of the day, that’s really all that matters. ❤️
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