Picky Eater Kids Get a Halloween Candy Limit
The Bustanobys are on a 24-day challenge to overcome our kids’ picky eating habits. We gave away our processed food stockpile and are changing the way our kids eat. Our goal is to help them develop a taste for natural foods and help their overall health. We hope it will also help when it comes to eating their dinner. See the original Bustamove Picky-Eater Challenge post
by Collin Bustanoby
Our family of six is on a mission to be healthy. We also knew that Halloween is an exciting time for kids. So, in order to maintain the momentum in our lifestyle change, and still allow the kids to have fun, we decided on a five-piece candy limit for our kids after their Halloween Trick-or-Treating.
I posted a comment on facebook this morning about it to see what other people do with their kid’s halloween loot. There were some really great ideas like: sell the excess to a dentist or give it away to a children’s hospital. Overall, it seemed that a lot of parents limit their kids in one way or another.
A couple of the comments really stuck me in the heart though. One reader commented, “Are yall serious???? Did your parents take away your candy after you worked hard for it???? Come on people, its a once a year thing let the kids devour it!! Sheesh its not gonna hurt them! Hell my kids have been doing it for years and they all have perfect teeth!!”
Yeah, but is it really only once per year? I see our kids having candy opportunities everywhere, all of the time. I recently wrote about my thoughts on Halloween. The only reason I like Halloween is because of the chance to see neighbors and hang out like no other time of the year. It’s not about the candy.
Another commenter said that they felt sorry for our kids.
I think this one reason why it is so hard to raise kids. We love them! We want them to have fun. We want them to enjoy the pleasures of life. We love their excitement over Trick or Treating. And then the candy craze begins. Our warm fuzzy feelings of love and joy go away as they start to bicker over the candy. Or they start eating and don’t know when to stop. One year we let them eat all they wanted just to see if they would get sick and learn a lesson. I don’t think it worked.
Regardless of what other families do, our goal is to have our family unified around a mission. We have learned how to eat right, but our kids were left eating junk more often than not. How could we do what was right for ourselves and not try to bring those healthier habits to our kids?
What do you do that you think is good for your kids, but they don’t?