So the Halloween candy has been taken away for good...GONE! (In case you are wondering, he had been warned that it would happen). Anyone else have candy monsters replace their normally wonderful children this time of year?
This year, the kids only had organic candy (surf sweet jelly beans & gummy worms for example)--no artificial dyes & flavors, no refined sugar, and it was like night and day. They got slightly hyped up, but their emotions were still even keeled and none of the kids got any more aggressive, violent, or rageful. It was quite clear that my 3 year old was very sensitive to the dyes, flavors, and/or processed sugar. The only time we've seen that awful behavior happen again this year was when we had marshmellows at a bonfire--she wigged out about an hour afterwards and it was difficult to get her back under control.
Mama to my 3 wild things.
(3yr old ds on the other hand has - without being asked or in any way prompted by me - given me almost all his candy as a present! Awww....)
Kate, mom to 7 year old Djuna and 4 yr old Alden. Missing our good friend Hal the cat who died June 2, 2010
I let the kids pick about 20 pieces, and then paid a penny a piece for every piece left. Then I couldn't/wouldn't stop eating it. So it's gone. Sigh. I think next year I like the idea of replacing it with some more lasting....a toy or book or clothing.
I also let each of the kids pick out a toy.
Every year before this the "halloween scarecrow" would come and leave a toy in the candy basket. This year we decided to just let them trade it in for a toy they wanted.
We let DS (age 5) have a few pieces and then offered him the chance to turn the remainder all in for some new Legos instead. It's not a perfect solution, but we all had a blast with the Legos today.
Hopefully with it gone, things will get back to normal. Glad to know my candy monster isn't alone in the world.
Now it is on a high shelf, and they can have a piece after dinner or as a treat now and then. DH is making sure it quickly disappears!
As they get older, I may buy it from them for a toy like above!
I put it up high, and then she can't even try to get it. Idk works for us.
With 4 kids, we have been facing the halloween candy issue for roughly 16 years... after trying many different ways of dealing with the sugar monsters.... we opted for the "eat however much you want, but it needs to be gone by Sunday (or in a week, if Halloween is on a Sunday) What happens is this: all the chocolate is gone within a day, then they meander through the taffy/tootsie rolls, then the gummy whatevers.. and by the time a week is up they have actually not eaten candy for a couple days and are fine with it going in the trash. Sure, they're a bit off the wall..BUT it is actually fun to say "YES! Have as much as you want!"... so contrary to what I'd normally do! And the kids think it's awesome too!!!! Yes, there have been some tummy aches, but they quickly learned their limit!
We do the Halloween Fairy where the kids leave some of their candy and get a small toy or healthier treat in return (we did pirate booty, the kids clif bars, coupons for movie/popcorn night, etc., cheap easy stuff). Well, she had to make a return trip a day later because dd FREAKED out after eating a red lollipop and I just couldn't deal-so all of the candy minus 4 pieces of chocolate (so no artificial colors, etc.) and dd actually happily traded the rest of her candy. I did give her some "natural" lollipops in return because she loves lollipops. I was really surprised she did it so willingly, but I think she really "got" why she was feeling so yucky and crazy after I explained it to her!
I did leave the rest of dsd's candy for her-she is pretty good about self-regulating and chances are I will end up tossing 75% of it in a few weeks-she did take a bunch to her mom's house too though.
I tried letting dd pick some candy for hte day (maybe 5-6 pieces?) and she sat and ate it all in a row, leading to a major sugar meltdown later. Maybe she is just too little for self-regulating, maybe it just isn't her personality! I would hve eaten it all at once too, lol!
Halloween candy works beautifully for decorating gingerbread houses. Tootsie rolls make nice logs for a wood pile. Dum Dums make great light posts. M&Ms, Smarties, Skittles, etc make great shingles and "lights". Of course then you have to keep the kids from eating the decorated house, but that seems to be a lot easier than stopping the plundering of the pumpkin. So we eat a little of the good stuff - chocolate - and save the rest to decorate houses.
I love this idea!! Luckily the candy hasn't been an issue here, it's been largely forgotten about (except by me), but I will definitely save it for gingerbread houses instead of ditching it. I think I have some old pinata candy, too.
My daughter is younger (3) but she really got into doing candy experiements www.candyexperiments.com. She is begging to do more though we ran out of candy. I've been googling preschool science experiments all week. It kept her from eating much of it and she has learned a lot about floating/sinking, color changes, fizzing, melting, etc.
Ds donated all his candy (sent to the troops) and was allowed to choose a small toy to replace it.
On halloween he got a couple small things (a bite of vegan fudge and an organic lollypop), and kept all the non-food things (stickers, tattoos, spider rings)