Halloween is a scary time of year, especially if you’re a
child grown-up who was to deal an inevitable part of being a parent: putting the brakes on the fun. If you’re far from Martha Stewart perfection, then your kids are probably already annoyed and disappointed with you. After all, instead of beautiful and perfectly made homemade costumes that took weeks to perfect, your kids are slumming with a last-minute score from the picked-over rack at Walmart. Your daughter didn’t want to dress up as a psychotic clown, but that’s beside the point.
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Crying and complaining will ensue when you advise your kids that three chocolate bars does not a breakfast make. Nor do Kit Kats or Oh Henry’s round out the requirements for a balanced and nutritious meal.
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2) Patience – You will need this in large amounts to get you through the repeated mantra that goes like this: “Mommy, can I have a Halloween treat? “Mommy, can I have a Halloween treat? “Mommy, can I have a Halloween treat? “Mommy, can I have a Halloween treat?”Mommy, can I have a Halloween treat?”
3) Nerves of Steel - Do you break down when your child won’t stop whining/crying/complaining? If so, appeal to the inner calm that you have somewhere inside that parental body of yours and say it once again: “NO!!” Stare them down and keep your resolve. When you feel like you’re weakening, keep in mind the sugar high and related behaviour that would ensue if you said “yes.” It would be 100 times worse than what you’re dealing with now so, be thankful and stay on course.
4)A Good Hiding Place – This is required to stash the Halloween Booty so that the kids don’t overdose from the copious amounts of sugar that will be permeating their bloodstream in the unlikely event that you leave the treats in their reach. As well, you need that special place where you can go (a closet, perhaps) and hunker down with those miniature-sized chocolates and bags of chips, uninterrupted. After all, you’ve earned it.
5) Advil – Okay, Tylenol may suffice. The bottom line is that you will require some type of pain medication to kick in when the inevitable screaming and crying fits occur following the continual requests for candy morning, noon and night, until they run out. Be prepared, take two (or three or more) and refer to item #1 to help you keep sane.
What are your plans for dealing with the inevitable onslaught of requests for treats that follow October 31st? Will you be strong and say “no,” have a metered approach and dole out candies sparingly, or just let the kids have a free-for-all and a continual “sugar high” for weeks so you don’t have to deal with the whining? Leave your comments below!