Advice about Limiting Sweets
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My kids must be getting older (they're elementary school age) because now they're coming home with candy from birthday party pinatas and goodie bags, in Valentine's Day cards from classmates (despite the school's ''no candy'' policy), Easter egg hunts... No more of the ''healthy snack'' and ''candy alternative'' stuff that was always enforced in preschool! Anyway, I'm trying to figure out how to moderate my kids' consumption of the candy that they bring home after these occasions. I would say this comes up at least once a month.
For Halloween, we follow the ''three day rule'' (eat as much candy as they want for three days, then throw out the rest), as it has been recommended by dentists and on this parents network. I figured this was just a once-a-year thing, which I can live with, but have been caught totally unawares by these birthday parties, etc! Should I allow them the ''three day rule'' whenever these other occasions arise? Or let them eat a few pieces post-party and go straight to the ''Switch Witch''? (Though somehow I dislike the idea that I would have to ''bribe'' my kids to not eat candy by playing the ''Switch Witch'' every time.)
I will say that we don't usually keep candy around the house; however, I normally do allow my kids other sweets (cookies, ice cream) in moderation--so I'm not interested in hearing opinions about avoiding refined sugar, etc. Thanks. Confused about candy
We also experienced the same problem when our son hit elementary school. We allow desserts 1x/week at home (I can't control the birthday goodies that are distributed at school without making my teacher do more policing than she already does and make my child a social outcast which I don't want to do, over this issue anyway). So, if my son brings home candy from parties, school, etc., I remind him about what day of the week is dessert week and then we put it away until then. If he asks for it that night, I bring it out and he has a piece. Usually after eating one piece he never asks for it again and I simply throw it out. Good luck! HOpefully someday the food will change to something healthier! CAHappy
We take every piece of candy my son recieves on all holidays/parties, etc and we put it in this big glass jar. It is unbelievably FULL, with every kind of candy you could imagine (and we never buy candy). Then we let him pick a piece from the jar after dinner. He doesn't always remember to ask for it, and we don't remind him if he doesn't ask. But when he says ''where is my after dinner candy'' we pull down the jar and let him pick whatever he wants. That way we don't throw it out, his consumption is always moderate (I know some think one piece of candy every other day is outlandish sugar consumption, but we will have to agree to disagree on that one), and he feels happy and in control. Its worked really well for us. I even sometimes ask him ''do you mind if I have a piece of candy from your candy jar''? If he says yes, then I can have a piece. If he says no, then too bad for me! He usually says yes, and it makes him feel really good to share. a little candy never killed anyone
This may not work with your kids for sure, but it works wonders with mine: I say, ''Have one piece of candy, then we'll put the rest in the freezer and save it for the next time we go to a movie.'' I ended up, at first, with a huge freezer bag full of candy, but eventually realized that the candy was completely forgotten. So (cue in evil mom laugh here) I threw it all away. I did the same with the Valentines and Easter candy. Mind you, I do not toss it right away. I make sure the candy is good and forgotten first. There is always a new collection of candy around the corner that seems to help the forgetting along. Good luck! Meg