Posted on: 11 November 2015Share
If your child performs the Halloween tradition of trick-or-treating at neighbor's homes and now has a huge candy haul you are worried will lead to cavities, you are not alone. While everything can be enjoyed in moderation, candy collected during Halloween activities can lead to excess consumption of the sticky, sugary items that can wreak havoc on your child's teeth. While you don't want to simply take that bag away and upset your child in the process, here are three ways to deal with excess candy without ending up with a crying child.
1. Offer a Candy-to-Toy Trade-off
One of the few things many children love even more than candy is getting a new toy. If your child has had their eye on a certain toy for a while or just loves toys in general and would like to choose a new one, then ask your child if they would be interested in swapping that bag of candy (or even a portion of it) for a new toy.
By asking your child if they would like to swap instead of just telling them that they have to, you are less likely to upset them by making them feel forced into the trade. You can even offer several options, such as allowing them to decide to swap the half their stash bag for a small toy or all of it for a larger or "better" one in their eyes.
You can then donate the candy to a local food bank or other facility in need of donated food items and let your child know that they are also making many under-privileged children very happy with their decision.
2. Propose a Reverse Trick-or-treat for the Needy
Many children have huge hearts and would love to donate to others but, as children, just don't have the means to do so. If your child loves to help others, then tell them that they can put that candy to good use and have fun while doing it by performing a reverse trick-or-treat.
A reverse trick-or-treat involves you and your child finding a place where people would appreciate the candy or just a kind gesture and handing it out, piece-by-piece to them. Safe options include local nursing homes (call the staff in advance and ask for permission) or even local businesses.
Your child can dress up in their Halloween costume again and knock on each door at the nursing home and let each senior choose a treat or two. You may want to add a few small adult-friendly toys (like yo-yos) or sugar-free candies for seniors on restricted diets to enjoy.
If local businesses are a better option for you, then you can instead take your child to hand out candy to local business owners and staff who will also appreciate the kindness.
If your child has more candy from Halloween trick-or-treating than you expected, and you think it will take a toll on their teeth, then propose one of the above options (or combine both) to not only reduce your child's chances of post-Halloween cavities but also have fun and help others in the process.
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