Earlier today I shared on TLT’s Facebook page a short blog post from Salon’s XX Factor entitled, “What to Do With the Halloween Candy? Eat It.” by KJ Dell’Antonia. In in the post, the author suggests letting kids go wild with the candy, asking:
. . . what’s the absolute worst thing that will happen if you let the kid eat every single thing out of the bucket that he or she wanted, whenever she wanted it? Dare to find out.
So many TLT Facebook fans have commented on the post that I thought I’d share it here on The Lunch Tray to bring in the whole TLT community. Some representative comments that have come in so far:
last year my five year old ate the majority of his candy in one sitting. an hour later he threw it all up, but he didn’t touch any candy of his own free will for the following two months
I don’t see any point in letting a child eat until they throw up. Isn’t that one of the objectives of parenting, to teach children what normal limits are?
Restrict it and they will want it that much more. Don’t turn Halloween candy into the forbidden fruit. If you do, the kids will do everything in their power to get their hands on it. . . .
You can check out the rest of the comments here.
Dell’Antonia’s suggested approach is pretty much in line with my own mom’s, as discussed in the post I mentioned this morning. And I will say, as a child I never ate Halloween candy to the point of throwing up (or even close), nor am I terribly candy-obsessed as an adult.
So, what do you think?
[Hat tip to Andrea Georgsson for sending me the Salon link.]
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