Sugar can be more addictive to children than addictive drugs. And if there is a night where they would ingest it in high amounts its Halloween night!
Somehow we all forget this and subscribe to the marketing of the candy and chocolate companies. We forget and allow them to binge eating as much as they can. We forget this and deal with their withdrawls, their screaming, their complaining. We forget this when we ask them to control their bodies and calm down. We forget this and expect them to have more contol on day 2 than adult drug addicts.
Am I saying we should deprive our children of this holiday – no. Am I saying we as parents need to not turn the reigns of agency completely over to children as they are faced with one of the most appealing, tasty, and addictive substance they yet know of – yes!
Love the children, love them enough to set boundaries for them. And if you dont know what boundaries are read the book boundaries, then boundaries for kids or teens or marriage or work they are all good.