Halloween is here ,and as a parent I have one main concern, Halloween candy. It’s not that I’m totally against it, it’s that my child gets so hyper every time she consumes any extra sugar. So what is a parent to do? I don’t want to deprive her of it because that causes the “forbidden fruit complex.” While researching this, I discovered a few ways to make Halloween 2011 as struggle-free as possible.

Remember when we first learned that dark chocolate has health benefits? Chewing gum is actually good for dental health and also reduces hunger and sugar cravings. Ginger based candies help with the digestive system. Not to mention all the sugar-free based candies.

 

So now that I’ve got a little better understanding of the benefits of candies, how about creating activities and an understanding that those sugary treats  are just that, a “sugary treat” that is only eaten on special occasions. Make those candies that have no health benefits either disappear or make such a big deal about it, that they are the kind of treat that is eaten on a very special occasion. That being said, bring on those little witches, ghosts, vampires, and goblins let them descend on my neighborhood.

Remember, for kids, Halloween is a dream come true. It’s a chance to dress up, stay out late, and best of all, get their bags, baskets, sacks and pouches filled with candy. For parents, though, Halloween can turn into more of a trick than a treat. With childhood obesity on the rise, it’s a struggle to get our kids to make healthy choices. The last thing we parents need to do is compete with a bag full of candy bars. Here’s a video that will help, and if you have any ideas or suggestions please share, we parents need all the help we can get.