Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Candy

It is almost a week after Halloween, and we still have a huge tupperware full of candy sitting on top of the fridge. When I ask Danny what he wants for breakfast he says, "Candy." After nap snack. "Candy." Dinner. "Candy." When he is feeling sad or gets an owie, what does he think will cheer him up. "Candy."

I've made an effort to manage his candy intake - one after a meal, or as a reward. Of course when he's not looking, I'm munching heartily on it. What a hypocrite I am. :) But I figure it's my reward for being his mom. Adults pay money taxes, kids pay candy taxes.

When I was a kid I have fond memories of organizing my Halloween candy and taking my time eating it. Truthfully, I don't think it ever lasted much more than a couple weeks, but that was the fun. A couple weeks of gorging on sugar. I've discussed being the candy manager with some other moms. One let her kids sugar up and eat as much as they wanted Halloween night, then the rest went in the trash. Others let their kids have a free-for-all and eat it at their own pace. One only lets her kids choose one or two pieces a day. I'm curious - what are your memories of eating Halloween candy, and do you do any candy management with your kids? Kind of fun to get different ideas.

Here is my little man pre-trunk-or-treat and after. Can you see the change in the candy-glazed eyes?

9 comments:

Matt said...

What a cute little candy eater. Nice post. I remember sorting my candy in order of preference. Candy bars at the top - lame sugarless hard candy at the bottom. Then eating it all in about 2 days. Sure love ya!

Terri said...

My mom let us have a free for all, she did ask for some, and we always gave it to her. My candy was gone in a few days, my sisters candy lasted months and months. Will I let my kids go wild with their halloween candy...not now, mabye when their older?

Leslie said...

My brother Aaron was all about being fair. I could never have more than him. Every Halloween when we got home we had to dump everything out and then my parents divided it evenly between us. We had the exact number of candy bars, suckers, and so on. Then we got to eat it at our own pace. We had to do the same thing with Easter candy. That's right, every single jelly bean had to be counted.

Mindy said...

That is so me. I let Kaya have like 3 pieces a day and then when she isn't looking I'm chowing down. When I was a kid we would all dump our loots out on the floor after trick-or-treating and then make trades. It was sad when we dumped Kaya's loot out and there was no one to trade with.

richandkambrel said...

I love Danny's costume, how creative! I am such a candy eater and camdyn is too! maybe that's why she is so crazy! ha ha ha

Amy said...

My kids are asking for candy 24 7 because I took what I could and put it in a candy jar on the counter to taunt them. My brother and I would totally barder and then I would save mine forever. I think it is in a tub in my mom's basement!

Kristen said...

I feel like Halloween is the kick off of the Sugar Season. And it lasts 'til Easter. I guess Thanksgiving doesn't have candy exactly, but pumpkin cookies and a variety of pies for sure. And then Christmas cookies and a stocking half full of sugar. Then Valentine's Day hearts and chocolate. Then Easter eggs, jelly beans, Peeps. So yes, I agree there's a need as a mom to be the sugar monitor! And there's always going to be more sugar on the horizon, clearly!

Becky said...

When my brothers and sisters and I were older we could eat the candy at our own pace, which usually meant the candy was gone in a few days! With my kids I let them have a few pieces a day but they only get it for a week and then it's gone. I figure a week is enough time for them to eat the candy they want and they certainly don't need to have a never ending supply of candy for longer than a week.

Grandpa Dan said...

When you were little you made your candy last for months, and taunted your brothers and sister with it after their candy was all gone. We tried to regulate the candy intake somewhat, but usually just gave up on Halloween. When I was little I collected candy in a pillow case. I usually had so much that it lasted a couple of weeks even though I pigged out on it. Grandpa Dan