Halloween and Fall Festivals offer parents a perfect opportunity to start a real and meaningful conversation about food and how to take care of our health.

Instead of focusing on candy, try to focus on the lessons we want to teach our children. It’s important to teach life habits and values, more than being “The Candy Police”. A great lesson is the difference between enough and greed/gluttony. Food already has enough power and shouldn’t make us feel guilty about what we eat.

Ask your kids how much they think is enough and how they want to handle all the candy. Their answers may surprise you. My daughter, Giavella, said she thought keeping five pieces was enough. I have to admit I never saw that coming!

There are many ways parents handle the large amounts of candy, such as: buy backs from dental offices, trading the candy in exchange for toys, and the classic, “indulge tonight and throw it all away tomorrow”. Unfortunately, these don’t teach our children how to handle food at parties, or independently at other events. The values we need to provide are to help them feel they are responsible and able to understand the spectrum of limits and greed.

We need to teach our kids that they are capable and make holidays less about restrictive behaviors and more about forming life-long habits.

Every Thursday I’ll be on HIS Radio sharing my F.I.T. Faith Inspired Transformation Tips. Today I shared how to handle this Halloween candy issue, live! Make sure to check it out!

Try talking to your kids about their views on candy. How many pieces they should eat and what it means to them if you take it away?

According to a study done by Kids Health, only 20% of Kids say they eat all of it and it took over 2 weeks to do it.

Here’s what works for us:

My daughter chooses her favorites. We then save some for holiday baking, such as, ginger bread houses and cookie decorations. The rest, we donate by dividing it into little bags and giving it to:

  • Nursing homes
  • Charities
  • Churches
  • Food Banks
  • Shelters

We will also attach a sweet note and a scripture to spread the holiday cheer!

Please share how you handle all the candy with your kids?

Get Healthy, Happy and FIT God’s Way,