Halloween is the perfect opportunity to have some good old-fashioned fun. Kids get to be kids, and adults... well, they get to be kids too! As playful as this holiday is, it can be bitter sweet for some. If you struggle with sweets and/or your children have weight issues, Halloween can be a real challenge. Here are some ideas to inspire a healthy spin on your normal routine - that won’t leave you and your child feeling cheated.
Toys over Candy
Many times parents are great at setting candy boundaries for their children, but come Nov. 1st when the kids are at school and you need a little pop of energy, their bag starts speaking. Before you know it, you’re hiding candy wrappers in a secret trashcan, thinking of stories that could justify ½ a bag of disappearing candy.
Be kind to yourself. If candy is a weakness stop feeding that temptation with sugar. Give out toys to trick-or-treaters. Kids love the variety and it’s healthier for everyone. Pencils, erasers, stickers, temporary tattoos, plastic jewelry... No kid will complain about a cool toy and they’ll probably deem your place the “good house.”
Get To Steppin’
If it’s a safe area, walk instead of drive. What a fun way to be more involved with your child and their friends. Instead of driving the SUV and being separated from the party, be part of Team Trick-or Treat! Wear a pedometer or Fitbit and challenge the other parents to a step-off. Your kids will get into it too - everyone loves a little friendly competition.
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For the same reason you should never go grocery-shopping hungry, don’t go into a candy abyss with a growling tummy. Eat something substantial before you and your child leave the house. And if you’re gone for more than a couple of hours, take snacks. Granola bars, apples, peanut butter sandwiches, or a bag of mini pretzels is an easy way to keep food within reach when you're hungry.
Establish rules before you leave home so you and your child have a clear understanding about candy. If sugar isn’t a problem, you won’t need such strict boundaries. If your kid has an insatiable sweet tooth, give them a limit on what they can have when you’re out, and what they can have when you get back home. Imagine how most adults are without boundaries, then times that by ten for a child.
Halloween does not have to be about candy. It’s a fun time to dress up, be silly, and bond with your child. Take lots of pictures and be sure to post them on the Pushmataha Family Medical Center Page so we can celebrate your creation!
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