Halloween is that wonderfully spooky time of year when kids roam the neighborhood streets acquiring all kinds of wonderfully sweet candy treats to eat.
The kids generally arrive back home tired, excited, and more than a little anxious to dig into their treat bags to get their hands onto all that newly acquired candy.
Kids would sit and munch through the entire bag if it were left up to them so you know that you have to intervene on this plan.
So the question arises each year of how you can tactfully regulate and restrict how much Halloween candy your child eats without looking like the big green Grinch who stole Halloween.
With a little parental strategy and a whole lot of cunning it is possible to maneuver the candy out of their hands and into yours.
Check Their Candy to Insure it is Safe to Eat
Most kids know that their candy has to be inspected to insure that it is safe for them to eat so this is your means into their candy bag.
When the children arrive back home and before they consume any candy it is your opportunity to say "Okay, let's make sure that the candy is safe."
Usually the kids will agree with you and actually give you permission to help sift through their candy. This means that you have officially gotten your hands INTO the Halloween candy bag.
Have each child dump their candy into a pile on the floor. Sort through their pile to insure that all the wrappers are intact any fruit is confiscated and that all candies look safe for consumption. Discard anything that may have been tampered with or that just does not look safe.
Keep in mind that you still have permission to touch their candy as they have not as of yet revoked your access to it. This means that you still have the opportunity to get a little more of that candy out of their hands and into yours.
Kids Don't Like to Part With Their Sweet Treasure
Sort the Candy into Categories
Have each child sort their candy into different piles so that you can see exactly what kind of haul they have made this year. Have them make individual piles each for chocolate bars, chips, bubble gum, candy, and items that they do not like.
There are a few reasons for doing this: Reason number one it is keeping the kids occupied and they are likely to eat less of the candy if they are busy thinking about sorting and categorizing it.
Reason number two: This sorting is part of a much more devious plot on your part to limit the amount of candy that they consume.
Reason number three: To children their candy is treasure and sorting through it is almost as satisfying to them as is consuming it.
Once the piles are all sorted and they have been able to examine exactly how much candy they have managed to acquire, ask if you may have the pile of candy that they do not like as they won't eat it anyways. Usually the kids will be very willing to hand the dislike candy pile over to you without much complaint.
This pile of items that they do not like are the only items other than the unsafe candy that you are likely going to be able to immediately acquire with their permission.
This is actually a very important conquest on your part because otherwise these candies would eventually be traded with other kids for a more preferred candy. It is a few less candies in their tummies and this confiscated candy is now yours to do with as you please. Enjoy.
Halloween Really can Have Your Child on a Sugar High
Getting the Candy out of Their Hands and Into Yours
It doesn't have to get ugly. There are sneaky ways to get that candy out of the kid's hands and into yours.
To restrict their candy intake further on this first night let them know that excluding the bubblegum they will be allowed to eat two items from each of the piles that they have sorted.
This first limit usually goes over pretty easily because it is generally getting late by now and almost time for them to prepare for bed.
Do not let them take their bags of candy to their bedrooms with them. You must confiscate the bags.
Storing them is most easily done by placing them in a visible location but one that is out of their reach. By keeping it visible the child knows that it is still there and not spirited away by the other siblings.
Once you have the Halloween candy in your grasp the doling out is easy. You are the only one who can reach the candy. (Hee hee hee she cackles like an old witch.)
Halloween Treats That Have Nothing to do With Candy are Cool
Set the Rules for Restricting Halloween Candy
Kids know that they are not allowed dessert until after they have eaten their meal and the same rule just naturally applies to the consumption of candy. This simple regulation can keep them from pigging out on candy as soon as they get home from school.
After school is over for the day have them choose two candies for an after school snack and two for their after supper snack. Allow each child each morning to pick two peanut free items to take in their school lunch.
You can also choose other times when you wish to hand out the candy if you so should choose to do so. At this point you should now have gained almost full control of the Halloween candy and the kids are usually willing participants in having you put the treats up after each use to insure its safety.
With a Little Luck the Candy Should be Gone by Christmas
Easter Maybe if I Eat Slow
Get Sneaky to Get the Candy Away From the Kids
With a little parental cunning you won't ever have to play the Grinch at Halloween again
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