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By Skila Brown
Kids are counting down the days. Dentists are refilling the ink in their printers for all those upcoming bills. Parents are bracing themselves for serious sugar highs, followed by crashes and bellyaches. It’s no secret that Halloween candy isn’t good for your little one, but as a parent, how can you limit your household’s candy intake without spoiling the fun? Read on for our best tips on how to set sweet limits in creative, festive ways this October 31st.
Skip Your Kid's Favorite Candy
Do Some Candy Alchemy
Invite the Halloween Fairy to your house on October 31st to magically turn leftover candy into a new toy or book! Have your child pile all the candy she hasn't gobbled onto the floor before she goes to bed. Not only will this magical visitor prevent cavities, but your child will also actually be excited to get rid of her haul of treats. Win-win!
Trade It In
Make a Sweet Donation
Turn this holiday into teaching moment that focuses on giving to the less fortunate. Drop candy off at the local food bank or children’s hospital as a family. Praise your kid for sharing her treats, explaining how her gift will bring a smile to someone's face. She’ll love the warm fuzzy feeling she gets by being generous instead of the typical post-Halloween tummy ache.
Bake It Up
Have an All-You-Can-Eat Policy ... for One Night Only
Setting limits on hard-earned Halloween loot may be a hard sell for candy-loving kids, but inspiring your child to get creative with her sweets in a cavity-free way isn’t impossible. Let her choose from a few of these candy solutions, and she’ll have so much hands-on fun that she won’t mind parting with her goodies.
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