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Poll On Halloween Candy: Taming The Beast...Err...Toddler

red candies Craig Kanarick

red candies I by Craig Kanarick

Now that Halloween is over, all we are left with is buckets and buckets (and buckets) of candy. Shnook’s first trick-or-treating experience went very smoothly. He wasn’t afraid of any of the houses like we predicted, and he caught on really quickly.  He had a blast. We managed to end the night with only one Reese’s peanut butter cup consumed by him, which is more than I can say for myself. Ugh, the garbage belly.

This morning, before school, Shnook sat on the floor and stared into his pumpkin full of goodies.

“Mom?” he asked solemnly, eyeballs fixated on the stash, “Can I have a piece of Halloween candy when I get home from school?”

I almost cried.  Of course, I said “yes.” That little manipulator.

So the question remains: How Are You Rationing Candy For Your Toddler? 

A) Candy is unrestricted. They can eat as much as they want. Let them get sick, it will teach them self-control.

B) We’re coaching them to make good choices, but letting them make the call.

C) We’re hiding that junk, hoping they forget about it and then throwing it out as soon as they don’t mention it for two days in a row.

D) Other

Please let me know in the comments! I’d love to start a discussion about this.
Photo: Craig Kanarick’s Red Candies I

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