Jacob has a dentist appointment less than a week after Halloween. His favorite candy is Butterfinger. You know, the kind that really sticks in your teeth? He said he’s going to get all the Butterfingers he can, and he’s not sharing any candy with me this year. First of all, hello, I gave birth to you kid! I deserve some candy for that ordeal (and believe me, it was an ordeal!). I guess he figures he gave me enough of his candy during the first 7 years of his life to make up for it. I say as long as I still have the scars, I should get some candy! But I digress (what else is new, right?).
So back to the dentist appointment. What was I thinking making it just days after Halloween? I could, of course, say “forget the candy! Let’s do something else instead!” Yeah, right. That would go over real well! I mean, take a look at this video and how kids reacted to such a suggestion. Do you think your kids would go for that?
I can’t even imagine my son’s reaction if I told him there would be no candy for Halloween! Honestly, I’d be sad too. I love trick or treating! Um, I mean, I love taking my son trick or treating! It’s totally one of the best things about having a kid! Come on, you know you thought they same thing when your kid was old enough to start the candy-begging ritual.
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Perhaps a bigger question for health-conscious parents and guardians is whether and how to moderate kids’ candy consumption. Some, seeing Halloween as a special time to indulge, have no qualms about letting the kids enjoy the gluttony. Others prefer to set limits – x number of pieces per day, for instance, or only after dinner – while others let their child choose a portion to keep and then get rid of the rest, perhaps through a local dentist’s candy buy-back.
I think setting limits is a good idea. I let my son splurge on Halloween. He’s not really a massive candy eater though, so a “splurge” to him is 5 pieces. Then after that, we moderate. He’s never even finished all his candy yet though. We always end up with some left by Christmas time! I do like the idea of a dentist buy back!