Are you struggling with the kids’ Easter candy that is still lingering around and begging you to do your parental duty and eat it all to save your kids’ health and teeth? Kids’ Easter Candy, the bane of parents almost everywhere.
We don’t want them to eat it all. We don’t want to eat it all (well, maybe). It had been more than a week since Easter over here and still looked like the bunny’s basket exploded. In every single room of the house almost.
I knew it was time to take action.
It’s also time for my Tiny Tip on a Thursday. Again, I can’t take credit for this amazing tip. It came to me long ago from one of my Internet friends.
A few years ago, I was lamenting about my very real struggle not to eat all the kids’ Easter candy floating around our house or perhaps it was about Halloween or Christmas candy (the tip works for all kinds!). Her simple suggestion and solution has been such a life saver (We have some of those floating around here as well!).
It only requires 2 tools in addition to the extra candy:
A Sharpie (really, any pen would do but I think things always seem a bit more official if written with a Sharpie, don’t you?)
A gallon sized Ziploc bag
Can you guess where this is going? First, label that Ziploc bag with your child’s name. Then, dump all the extra candy in it.
Now, throw it in a cabinet somewhere so it is out of your sight.
The old cliché, out of sight, out of mind, is true!
When my boys were younger, this was a nice control for me and them as well.
I could put the bags of candy in an out of reach cabinet (now, they can reach things I can’t!) and dole out the candy proportionally instead of constantly. Of course, I really don’t get too excited about that part anymore. I threw away Halloween candy right before Christmas and today I found and threw away Christmas candy in the teenager’s room (bummer because I would have eaten it).
Something about seeing their names written on the bag also encourages us to actually ask permission before stealing one of those chocolate Easter eggs. My boys are usually great about saying okay!
It also helps if you have some of your own Easter candy left….
What do you do with all the left over Easter candy at your house?