I am addicted to sweets. I am not ashamed to admit it! I can’t even keep sweets in the house or I will be destined to eat them. The bummer is, so are my kids. I swear they can smell candy, cookies, and brownies a mile away. They actually keep track of who eats what and if someone ‘gets more sugar’ than the other, all hell breaks loose. So, Halloween is NOT my favorite time of year because it means that I am going to have to act as the ‘candy police’ to keep it fair and mostly out of my kids’ mouths.
For the past 3 weeks, I have been trolling the internet to find ideas for what to do with this massive amount of Halloween candy that my kids are about to have bestowed upon them. Taking it away will just cause massive chaos in the house. Keeping it will mean that I will be tempted to steal it from their bags, only to gain 5 pounds by Thanksgiving. I don’t want to just throw it away because that is super wasteful and I am sure someone would like to eat it.
My friend, Ashley, told me that when she was younger, her mom would let her and her brothers have unlimited access to their Halloween candy for a week. After that week, it was tossed in the trash. This may work in a few years, but my 5 and 6 year old boys will literally go out of their minds with that much freedom and I will have to be institutionalized by the end of that week of mayhem.
Yet, today, a shining ray of hope ascended upon me in a form of a Facebook share from my friend, Kathryn Cloward, who owns NaturalKidz.com. The post was from Practically Green, about 4 Tips for Halloween Green Style. At the bottom of the blog it explained about a project called Operation Gratitude. Here’s the gist: There are dentists all over the country participating in something called the Halloween Candy Buy Back. At this event, following Halloween, local dentists will ‘buy’ back your Halloween candy and donate it to Operation Gratitude, which sends care packages to soldiers overseas.
Perfect! Problem solved!
Benefit #1: Living in San Diego, my kids regularly come in contact with our men in uniform and are enamored with them. Now, they can do something to let them know how much they appreciate their service. Bye, bye Snickers!
Benefit #2: I won’t have to argue with my kids about how much candy they are allowed to eat each day because there will not be any candy in the house for them to crave and fight over. Bye, bye Three Musketeers!
Benefit #3: I will still be able to fit into my skinny jeans at Thanksgiving because I won’t have candy to nosh on when the kids are in bed. Bye, bye Milk Duds!
Benefit #4: My kids’ craziness can only be attributed to their personalities and not to the copious amounts of sugar they have ingested after school. Oh, joy! Lucky me!
Thank you, my dear Facebook! Once again, you have helped me solve a parenting problem. So worth the hours that are sucked from my life each and every day as I peruse my Wall. You may be my new BFF!