Halloween and the upcoming holidays sends loads of candy your child’s way. There’s many theories on what to do with all that sugar. One is to give it away after a week, give it to charity, or let the kids chow down for a week straight until it’s all gone.
My kids get to keep their candy but we have a few rules. When they were toddlers, I’d put it on top of the refrigerator and they would have a piece or two for dessert eat day. Now they have a big candy jar in their room and they go days.. weeks… months without even thinking about it. I think because originally, they had to ask for a piece, they still do! (even though they keep it in their bedroom) There’s still candy in there from the last holiday and I think they’re just conditioned to not binge on it, which is a life-long lesson.
So this is what worked for us starting from when they were toddlers:
- Have them ask before having a piece (no candy before a healthy meal)
- Just a piece or two at a time/per day, no binging
- Be sure to notice if they’re grazing on candy, but never make them feel bad about themselves, just say, “Oh honey, so much sugar can make you sick”
- Take out the hard candy and gum for toddlers