If you are a longtime reader of I’m Working On It, you might remember my post from last year about Organizing Halloween Candy.
Last year was a trial run so I didn’t know what to expect. The system actually worked quite well. I gave each kid baggies labeled with a day of the week. He or she could fill each baggie with whatever Halloween candy he or she had. The kids sorted their candy, carefully chose which pieces went into each bag, and didn’t complain one bit about not being able to gorge themselves at their own will. The even had some leftover, even the good kind!
Now, here is the real surprise. THEY FORGOT ABOUT IT. After maybe a day or two, they simply forgot about their candy. After it sat on the shelf for a few weeks, I simply threw it away (minus the chocolate, of course, which was consumed by yours truly). My theory is that because it was put away and not out in plain sight, it was out of mind.
In conclusion, I feel like this method of candy control worked well for our family and I think we will do it again this year. The kids felt some control over what they could have, yet the quantity was limited. Give it a try at your house and let me know what you think.