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Use leftover Halloween candy to teach moderation

posted by Sarah on November 1, 2013 | print article | e-mail to a friend
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  • emhrn

    I like your thinking. Sure, it would be easier to just get rid of the stuff asap. But that’s not real life. This is an learning opportunity for kids. I’m going to freeze our leftover candy when I get home tonight. Thanks for the idea!

  • SarahButtonedUp

    Excellent! My 7YO was practically giddy when he picked out his 2 pieces from his freezer bag to put in his lunchbox this morning. It’s definitely a fun way to teach delayed gratification.

  • quiltmama

    I don’t freeze it, but we don’t throw it out. We do limit the kids to just 1 or 2 a day and it counts as dessert, so its instead of sweets they might otherwise have eaten, not in addition to. We also make the kids combine their candy. They can each pick 3 pieces that they really want themselves, but everything else goes into a pot together and anyone can pick from it. I think in addition to learning self control/delayed gratification, it’s a great opportunity for them to practice sharing together as a family.

  • Grace

    This is what my mom always did for me and my brother. She didn’t freeze them; she just kept them in the cabinet, and when they started getting gross, she threw them out. We got 1-2 pieces in our lunch (depending on the size), and another 1 or 2 after dinner, but all candy was forfeited if we misbehaved. I’ll be utilizing this system with my kids as it worked really well for me and my brother. Not only does it let the kids have candy in moderation, but it also makes it feel like Halloween lasts longer 🙂

  • SarahButtonedUp

    I like the communal pot idea – that’s a fun twist.

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