If you remember enjoying the creepy costumes and all that went with it but your child is different from you, Halloween may pose unexpected reactions within your family.
One person’s idea of fun could be another’s fear. As both a mom and having worked with kids and families for years, this “fear/fun combo” can show up in unexpected ways.
If you have been familiar with my work for a while, you know that another passion has been to help people navigating “sugar issues.” In the case of Halloween, these two common concerns partner together with navigating the scare alongside the effects of the sweets.
In case you feel the pressure to go all out with the candy even when you don’t want to, here is a little insight and a few tips to get you through this week.
Researchers from Yale University’s Center for Eating and weight Disorders investigated whether children would choose toys over candy when offered both on Halloween. They observed 284 kids between the ages of 3 and 14. Guess what? Children were just as likely to choose toys as candy, regardless of gender. (J Nutr Educ Behav. 2003 Jul-Aug; 35 (4):207-9).
Here are some Candy Tips:
- Purchase only what you will use; avoid jumbo bags.
- Buy at the last minute.
- Choose non-fat and fruit sweetened candies rather than refined sugars;
- Fun fruits: use stickers and gummy worms to decorate fruit for Halloween
- Party favors – look in the party aisle of your favorite discount store for bulk packs of toys; Since most of my clients and readers are environment lovers, you can aim for recycled items rather than buying things that will add to the landfill.
- Lip balm
- Pencils, crayons, markers
- Services – face painting or balloon making
As about 70% of countries welcome winter with Daylight Savings Time, remember to welcome the true meaning of this holiday time.
Embracing the mystery. Honoring the darkness. Living with Simplicity. Family. Gratitude. Love.
The simple pleasures.
Let yourself be awed in how joyous the holidays can truly be with the essence of sweetness surrounding you and yours, without overeating.
It’s ok if you don’t know how you can do this or need some help. I get it.
If you want new family health solutions that embrace the sweetness of life and the reality of your sensitive child as you enter the holiday season, reach out and let’s see if this is a fit for you.
Let’s do this together!
Love and Halloween Blessings,
PS – Do you have a Parent Night at your school? I have two signature talks that might be perfect for your group:
“Parenting Struggling (but Gifted!) Children: 4 Ways to Bring Peace in the Home When You Have Tried Everything. It’s for Holistic Minded, Engaged Parents, like you!
“Reducing Your Child’s Screen Use in the Digital Age: How to Create Connection and Avoid Screen Addiction. A Workshop/Playshop for Parents and their Children