Halloween is not the same without little kids. This was our first year that we stayed home and passed out treats because we no longer have any trick or treaters of our own to go with. Bittersweet.
Here’s a question I get a lot this time of year. Do I pass out candy?
The short answer is yes.
I don’t eat sugar and we all know that kids will be much healthier without it. With our youngest, we avoided it nearly 100% for many years. Then we realized that when sugar was available at friends houses or at school, she ate all she could because she had no idea when the next chance would arise, if ever.
We realized that, for kids at least, being too restrictive can backfire. I have conflicted feelings about this because I know that for myself, and many who suffer with food addiction, avoiding sugar is more effective than reducing sugar. Maybe the difference is that it is by choice and not imposed on you as it is in the case of kids.
Thankfully, our daughter is mostly on her own and has a healthy relationship with food. Our sugar policy with our son is that we don’t keep it around, but we don’t freak out about him attending birthday parties or events that have it.
He informed me that he ate a few candy corns from our trick or treater supplies and now he’s done with sugar for Halloween.
Maybe the next generation will have it easier than some of us do when it comes to food.