Halloween is a highlight for kids around this time of year. Dressing up as their favorite character and munching on some awesome sweets, seems like it would make your youngster super excited. But, we’re pretty sure the dentist wouldn’t. Neither would a nutritionist or their pediatrician.
Although, as parents, it’s okay to spoil your kids once in a while and give them sweets, but when you’re trying to teach them valuable lessons, it could be actually damaging their health.
After doing some research, we found some tips and tricks from different parents that have helped their kids become deterred from their Halloween candy in the past.
1. One parent limited their kid’s candy intake to three items per day. The kicker? They had to drink an entire glass of water or milk with each piece. By the time they finished the glass of liquid, they would sometimes be too full for the candy.
2. Leave the candy in the refrigerator. Keep the limitations on the amount they can have daily, but after a while the candy will become hard and they won’t want any.
3. Tell them about the Halloween Pumpkin that will come by and leave a toy in place of the bag of candy.
4. Eat a healthy meal before going trick-or-treating. This will help keep them from snacking on candy while they’re out.
5. After they’ve picked out some of their favorites, consider buying back some or all of the remaining Halloween candy. This acknowledges that the candy belongs to the child and provides a treat in the form of a little spending money.
Keep in mind, if you’re family eats healthy throughout the year and you’re already teaching your kid good eating habits, it will have more of an impact than a few days of overindulgence.