Post Halloween: Teaching Our Kids the “Why” Behind Moderation
My 4 ½ year old son, Evan, was on quite a roll this morning! He started off by telling me his leg hurt. I asked him if he hit it on something and he said no. I then explained that when his body grows, it can cause his body to hurt sometimes. He said, “Oh, I know why! I think I ate too much candy for Halloween.” I stopped in my tracks and smiled. “Really? You think that’s why?” He said, “Yes. Mommy, will you give me something healthy to eat? I need to make my leg feel better.” I almost fell over. I explained to him that the foods he ate for breakfast were actually healthy (whole grain waffles, yogurt, orange juice) so that should make his leg feel better soon.
I think Evan remembered me telling he and his sister about how candy can make them feel “yucky” if they eat too much. I’ve explained that eating some candy is fine, but eating a lot can make them feel sick and can even take some of their “super powers” away. Even when I thought Evan wasn’t listening, I think that made an impression on him after all.
|My kids, Evan & Hannah, about to head out trick or treating!|
Stick with those positive messages, Mom and Dad. They are listening even when you don’t think they are. I was reminded today that my son is listening to me. J
Check out my post last year will give you ideas on what to do with leftover candy: Operation Halloween Candy: The Party's Over!
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