I’m so happy the days of trick-or-treating are almost over! I have loved every single goofy costume my kids have created. I have loved the build up to candy fest, and I have loved the sorting and trading that goes down post-trick or treating.
The word lovED! Is important here. It is okay to let go of past loves which for me means letting go of trick-or-treating, because now my kids wear miss matched shoes and a wig and think they are dressed up. They head out the door get the loot, sort the loot, then eat the loot like mad, before I can come to my senses (or put down my wine glass) and bring the madness to a scratching halt. But there was a time I truly lovED Halloween—when I was a kid and I was tick-or-treating. Big Sigh… sure do miss that!
Do I have candy rules? Let them eat, let them eat until they puke! I’ve done some very acute research on this (aka my kids!), and if you let them eat and eat and eat their candy until they roll onto their belly-aching sides… they will want candy no more. Actually they will want candy, but not gobs and gobs of it. Sick and sore bellies leave much more of an impression then a screaming crazy mama.
Of course, now we have a blood sugar roller coaster, but that’s to be expected. I’m not surprised by the vacant, I can’t think look in their eyes. Now from this point forward, I do have some loose post-Halloween Candy rules.
Here are some Big Don’ts when it comes to candy eating.
- Candy eating time should NOT happen when kids get home from school. They are cranky, hungry and need to focus on homework. I strangely feel that candy eating should be done before dinner. Wait, don’t un-friend me! Think about this. They get home from school, have a healthy snack, get homework done, then maybe a few hours to kill. This is the candy time.. .because dinner is right around the corner, and you are helping their little bodies regulate that blood sugar with healthy foods. I will confess there is NO science to back my theory up. I just know it works in our home.
- Candy should not be eaten before bed. You know this but had to say it.
- Candy absolutely should not be sent to school. My gosh! Please do not, I repeat DO NOT do this. Feed your little ones candy at home. No need to share.
- *Kind of a don’t but I do, do this sometimes. Eat candy in the morning. I know! But for ME, what feels okay in the SNAC shack is sometimes a piece of candy at breakfast, with their food. Love it or hate it. I’m here to tell you what goes down in our pad.
To a candy-filled Halloween~
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