slides: 11 Ways To Help Kids Curb Their Halloween Candy Craze
Monday, October 28, 2013
And they should be dreading, according to statistics that show that Americans buy nearly 600 million pounds of candy during the Halloween season. That boils down to about 1.9 pounds of candy per person.
Kate Roberts, a consulting psychologist to school districts throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts, says that with obesity and diabetes on the rise, not to mention the scare you’ll get at the dentist’s office parents may want to limit some of this devilish behavior. “The key to successful Halloween is parents’ ability to need to balance being a voice of reason with celebrating a child’s favorite candy holiday,” said Roberts.
Roberts shared the following tips for helping parents beat the Halloween sugar high.
Expert Tips For Handling Kids’ Halloween Candy Craze
Psychologist Kate Roberts shares the following tips for helping kids handle the sugar assault on Halloween.
Help kids learn to regulate their own intake. Parents who micro manage intake may have a child who overcompensates by sneaking candy or over eating any chance he gets; whereas permitting kids to decide affords them the choice to say “no” and they will.” One way to do this now is to practice “Mindful eating”, before Halloween and the other food indulgent holidays! This means asking your children when they eat sweets why they are doing so and asking them to be aware of when they are full and when they are hungry. Use a 1-5 rating scale to help them quantify their hunger. Once they admit they want to eat when they are not hungry, it will help you to distract them and teach them how to do this as well.
Helping diabetic kids
Diabetic children also will want to have some candy. Parents of diabetic children report that if they practice moderation they have more cooperation, and less resistance and sneaking behavior then if they insist on total abstinence. This is the same for overweight children.
Recognize that when babysitters or indulgent relatives are caretakers, the candy is more likely to come out. Rather than convince these caregivers how it’s not good to overindulge, it is better to remove it when they are in charge, rather than delegate this decision to them.
Swap it out
Have the Halloween Pumpkin or Witch replace every piece of candy left under the pillow with a quarter. The kids can make money instead of cavities! Or if a child is very overweight, consider talking directly about candy being against the goal of weight reduction and buy it back with a goal of doing something active and fun with the money.
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