She Mail: Parent Worried About Child’s Post-Halloween Candy Binging
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I have a son who’s 10 years old, and very overweight. We have him on a special diet to help him slim down but we’re really conflicted about trick-or-treating tonight. I feel like it would be mean to say he can’t go out with his friends, but his Dad & I are really worried he will binge on all that junk.
Halloween is the one time of year when kids have an excuse to eat a bunch of candy and not care about it. Plus, before long he’ll be too old to trick or treat.
Would you guys let your kid trick or treat if they were dealing with a weight issue? Can you tell your kids what candy to eat and what NOT eat on Halloween?
We Promise We’re not Saving it for Ourselves
Dear We Promise We’re not Saving it for Ourselves,
Everyone agrees that you should let your son trick-or-treat tonight & that you don’t need to monitor his candy. This could be a great opportunity to teach a lesson in self-control & moderation. Just because you have a ton of candy doesn’t mean you should eat all of it. Let him have fun & eat candy while you’re out. Let him have a few pieces when you get home, and then take the candy bag. You can give him a few pieces after school tomorrow and they day after, until he stops asking for them. That way he gets to have the fun, but he won’t be tempted to binge. Have fun & Happy Halloween!
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