What can you do with all that Halloween candy?
Moms share their tricks on how to manage the kids' stash of treats.
We asked moms how they deal with Halloween candy overload.
The most important tip comes from registered dietitian Christina Wright, who is also a mom. She advises that moms shouldn't use Halloween candy as a reward.
Don't promise, "If you eat your vegetables, you can have a piece of candy." Using candy as a reward sends the message that candy is a forbidden and thrilling object. This can lead to obsessive patterns, she says.
Other moms share these tips. (Moms' names are withheld to protect the family candy sheriff.)
• Eat dinner first: Make sure the children eat a healthy meal before they go trick-or-treating, so the candy is a dessert, not dinner.
• After school treat: Let your child eat a few pieces, then store the rest in the freezer or above the refrigerator. Give the children one or two pieces every day after school. Eventually, the kids forget all about the candy.
• Candy piles: Have the kids divide their candy into three equal piles—"favorites," "okay" and "not so good." Freeze "not so good" candy and decorate gingerbread houses with it over the holidays.
• Portion control: Have kids decorate little bags and pick two pieces of candy to put in each bag. Each day hand over one bag of candy. This helps teach portion control.
• Candy swap: Have the kids exchange pieces of candy for favorite toys or activities.