With the big parade coming up this week, I thought I'd share a little bit of what we've been doing about candy. Candy used to drive me nuts when my offspring were little and then I got proactive and extra smart. Kids just want to run out and get the goods from the pinata, parade etc. So here is what I did and still do years later.
There are certain packaged or home made treats that my kids really like ie. suckers, jelly beans, gummy bears. I just don't buy them unless it's 'for trade' My kids used to run back to me and have that sad look on their face that said, 'I'm not part of the group', so I taught them to run on out there and have a blast stuffing their pockets. Then they bring it all back, slap it down and we play trade. I give them two handfuls of jelly beans or a few suckers, or whatever dye free, gluten/dairy free, nutrition mom approved treat that I have stocked for the occasion.They're thrilled and their friends want some too.
Sometimes we play trade once they get home. There have been many occasions that a birthday cupcake was presented at school; they asked for treat from the treat box that I have provided for this very situation. And then other times they have come home and informed me that I own them from the trade stash.
- Start as young as you can and you decide what the consistent trade amount will be.It's never too late to start.
- I personally don't trade one for one. It's too much sugar in their systems.
- Learn phrases that you consistently use ie. 'in our family we' this works for a zillion situations and brings power to your family.
- Only use trade treats for trade situations. ie. birthday bags, parades, Halloween etc.
- Make it very mellow and don't fuss over the situation. Prep your kids before the actual day.One of my friends started this when her daughter was already in elementary school and she made it a special, simple, here's what supports our health kind of way and the new habit began.
- Fruit can always be taught to be a dessert.
Remember that treats are still treats and sugar is still sugar. I really limit the sugar in our foods so that when these occasions come up I'm not being my nutrition tripy self. Happy trading.
Power to the family!