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I read an article in Parenting magazine about a mom who took her two girls trick or treating. They had fun and came home with 213 pieces of candy! She lumped them together and found online that there were 21,000 calories in all!!! They said a starving child could live for two weeks on 1,400 calories! So she decided to let them keep 10 pieces which they would get here and there and then gave the rest away and they traded the rest of their candy for a small toy. The next year they were thinking of giving out healthy snacks and only going to ten houses to trick or treat. Or to go to more houses but give candy to friends as a Halloween gift.
I am always trying to limit my sugar and DD's sugar. We don't drink a lot of juice and if we do it is watered down quite a bit. We don't have many processed foods or treats. So when I read this I realized that as a parent I need to pay attention to the Halloween treat thing. Those candy manufacturers make a LOT of money for the holidays and those of us who don't pay attention pay for it in cavities, sickness, obesity related illness' , etc. Anyway, any comments?
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hmmm, we had quite a bit of candy but not that much. The kids ate on their candy the morning after TOT and then I trashed it all a few days later because they forgot about it and I was the one eating it and didn't need the extra calories.
I wouldn't ever take TOT away from my children because it is such a social occasion. However, we do limit intake. This is the way my family did it, and it worked well. If we wanted a dessert after dinner, we got a piece or 2 of Halloween (or Easter or name-your-holiday) candy. But that's the only time we got it.
I will always let her TOT, and I'm pretty liberal about her snack on Halloween day. But that night all the candy goes in a bowl and stays out of her reach. She gets one or two per day for a week or two or until all of her favourite treats are gone, and then I will toss the rest.