We are not a big candy family. My kids were quite old before they even had their first sucker. I just found candy to be totally unnecessary. But now, realizing that we can’t keep them from it forever, we allow them to partake in a sweet treat every now and then.
Anna recently had Skittles for her first time because her teacher gave them to her for good behavior. She came home from school and showed me the little red bag and told me it was because of a MONTH’S WORTH of good behavior and well, how could I keep her from such a reward?
I watched her as she ate her first Skittle and as delightful as the taste was for her, it was just as delightful for me to watch her face light up with happiness.
Just because we don’t eat a lot of candy, doesn’t mean we don’t go trick-or-treating. We always do. When the kids come home they sit in front of their candy and they count it and separate it just like, I’m sure, most kids do. We allow them to have a few select pieces and they are happy.
But every year, I buy their candy from them. I make a deal with them that I’ll take them to the store and they can pick out a toy, (within a reasonable price range) in exchange for all of their candy.
It works out wonderfully. I don’t have to worry about the extreme levels of sugar hitting their bodies and their teeth, I don’t have to listen to them asking for candy every ten minutes for the next twenty days and THEY get a toy. I typically take the candy and send it to work with Brian. (or send it down my throat. Whichever.)
This year is no different. I have allowed them to choose ten pieces of candy from their stock pile and place it in a sandwich bag. They can then have one piece after school for the next ten days. Their school has a book fair this week and we are letting them exchange their candy for books. Books rather than candy? AND the school benefits? PERFECT.
This is the first year, however, that Anna is a little sad about this little deal, I can understand because CANDY IS AWESOME. And it’s funny because they both actually love playing with the candy. So, I’ve decided to let them play with the candy until Wednesday, which is when we can go to the book fair. Once they get their books, that candy will be in a safe place far, far away from them. (in my belly.)
I love this tradition I created and not just because I get to eat all of the candy while they’re at school.