How to let kids enjoy treats this Halloween without bribing

Have you ever bribed a kid to let them eat treats?

Do you have kids? Have ever babysat kids? Ever been to a kids birthday party?

Perhaps you’re a big kid at heart. Either way, you may have encountered children doing anything they can to get their hands on some lollies/sweets.

This is partly due to the fact that treats are mostly controlled in children, to prevent tooth decay and overconsumption. And also because children and born with an innate desire for sweet tastes. But does restricting lollies or treats really work?

halloween candy and decorations
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Below I have a wonderful video that offers some guidance around how to deal with the issue of sweets and ‘treat’ foods with kids.

With Halloween just around the corner, I thought this video was quite timely.

What I love about this video is:

  1. It aligns with Ellyn Satter‘s Division of Responsibility (sDOR) principles (although this video is not endorsed or affiliated with her work)
  2. It promotes neutrality of food, something that I also encourage with my own children, and in the work that I do with families
  3. There are some neat tips on how to practice this in every day life

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Please share the love with anyone you feel may benefit from these ideas.

Source: FEAST United Way for Southeastern Michigan via You Tube

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