Dealing With Halloween Candy

Halloween has come and gone. That means we’ve got a ton of this around the house:And at our house that means that my kids will either be talking about candy, thinking about candy, gorging on candy or whining for candy ALL. DAY. LONG. It drives me nuts. Every year I dread the thought of all that begging.

So I finally got smart. I tried a new system last year and it worked great. I made a chart for each kid that looks like this:

Really fancy, I know.
But this little baby saves me so much trouble. Here’s how it works: each child gets three candies per day and when they eat a candy, they move a magnet onto their chart. When their chart is full, they don’t get any more candy for the day. If they want to eat them all for breakfast, that’s fine with me. If they want to space it throughout the day, that’s fine with me. If they want to eat them right before dinner, that’s fine with me too. I don’t care when they eat their candy. The only rule is that they each get three pieces and they are not allowed to ask for more or beg or whine. They keep track of their candy consumption and that’s that.
This system worked like a dream for my daughter last year when she was five. It saved my sanity! We’ll see how it goes with the three year old this year.
Oh yeah. And the other rule is that if I have to clean up a candy wrapper, I get to trade it in for one of their candies. I don’t find too many wrappers around since I started this rule…. unfortunately. 🙂


  1. Ooohhh…nice idea. My kids started begging for candy a day early since they had a candy box from Grandma. My plan for now is that they have to read a book to get a piece of candy. It worked well for one day and we've never had them so motivated to read…but I may resort to your idea after a day or two.

  2. This is an awesome idea, and so timely! Do you do the 3-a-day rule (ha! that sounds better than the 5-a-day fruits or veggies rule) until the candy runs out?


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