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How to Ration Your Kids' Halloween Candy

11:50 AM, Nov 01, 2018


Gabriel Castaneda, Olivia Frain

Another Halloween has gone by and most likely your kids have a ton of candy to spare. As a parent, you want to help your kids understand the difference between enough and too much candy. A way to do that is by rationing their stash.

How to Ration Your Kids Halloween Candy

One of the techniques I found was the candy fairy. After a night of trick-or-treating and having some candy before they go to sleep, you leave the rest out for The Candy Fairy. Then the fairy will take the candy and in return will leave them a toy.

A more traditional way to ration kids' treats is the one piece per day rule. The downside is depending on how much candy your kid collected you may be giving them candy for a while. If this is the case you may want to consider donating some.

Another technique parents use is the unlimited access technique. It's basically allowing your kids to eat candy until they get a stomach ache. It may seem a little harsh but some parents agree with this system.

"I let him be a kid, enjoy being young and enjoy the tummy ache too. As long as he brushed his teeth and gave me the Reese's it's a fair deal," said Jessica Wilson, a Southwest Florida mom.

You can also use the out-of-sight, out-of-mind method. Placing the candy high-up in the cupboard or somewhere kids won't see it. This way they will not ask for the candy.

Lastly, you could treat your kids with a few pieces of candy after they complete a chore. The do-a-chore, get-a-candy method is a way to ration Halloween candy and for kids to learn some responsibilities.

With any method you pick, make sure they practice good hygiene and brush their teeth to avoid a trip to the dentist later in the year.


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