The kids have had the fun of piling Halloween Candy into their trick or treat bags. They’ve looked over their loot and even traded a few pieces… so now what?
If your house is like ours, candy consumption is limited and Halloween is no different. Last year we came up with a solution that not only gave the kids some power and freedom, it also gave them the opportunity to practice making tough decisions. It worked so well we plan to do it again.
After looking through the pile (safety first) and clearing all the candy for consumption. M and M will be free to eat 2 or 3 pieces. The rest of the evening is for sorting, comparing and examining. FUN!
The day after Halloween when we are met with the question “Can I have some candy” (no doubt before the coffee is even done brewing) we will be ready with an answer.
So here’s how it works. Each kid can pick 30 pieces of candy to keep. (Decision number 1, plus a little counting practice.) They both get their own bag, labeled with their name. They will be free to reach into the bag whenever they want until it is empty. (Decision number 2).
We will ask a few questions to get them thinking. “How many days will the candy last if you have one piece a day?” “What if you eat 30 pieces in one day?”
Then the candy situation is out of our hands… and we are free to enjoy the tossed goods. (Oh I hope they leave me an Almond Joy or two!)
Extra Tips: 1. We have done this every year since 2012. It works wonderfully for us… we did end up increasing the number of pieces they were allowed to start with. 2. We also added a “30 minutes before a meal” rule. Once I start cooking, no more candy is allowed to be eaten.
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This post originally appeared on October 31, 2012.