You don’t want to be an ass and let your kid miss out on a fun party, but parents of kids celebrating Sint Maarten know that a big mountain of candy is coming into the house this week. How do you teach your child to handle this wisely?
In more and more parts of the country, children with beautifully decorated lanterns go past the houses in the dark in the dark to sing songs in exchange for some goodies. However, not all parents are looking forward to Sint Maarten because of the bags full of sweets that go home after the party.
Kirsten Marit Schoner was in bed with her children with a stomach ache after the Halloween party. Not because of the many candies, but because her children got handfuls of candies in each house.
“Is one candy not enough? Is it normal for them to come home with an overflowing bag of candy, much of which ends up in the trash? And is it normal for my five-year-old daughter to wake up crying at 3 a.m. because she’s sick?” she wonders. the young mother herself on Instagram.
We ask Michelle van Roost, nutritionist at Nutrition Jungle.
Is it helpful to make appointments in advance about the candy to do with your child?
“It depends on your child and how you handle candy at home. For one child, Sint Maarten is all about the excitement of ringing the bell, singing the song and then daring to grab a candy, the other child is much more focused on candy. and beats to as soon as possible.”
What kind of agreements can you make with your child?
“If you don’t want your child to go to bed sick with a stomachache, you can agree on a maximum number of houses. You can also agree that the loot comes home first, before the lollipop is taken. Take time at home. to admire the candy together . child chooses a few candies to eat and puts the rest away for a later moment. Did your child eat too much along the way? Not practical, but a smart lesson.”
Make some arrangements. Can the lollipop be taken into the room? Can you still snack after brushing your teeth?
Where can you hide the candy cane?
“How children handle the candy bar at home is different from child to child. Some children forget the can after a few days. For others, it stays top of mind; these kids know exactly what goes in and out. In that case, you can agree when the drum will be on the table. For example, in the afternoon after school. Agree in advance how much your child can take so that you don’t get into a discussion about this at the moment.’
Can you also give your child responsibility?
“If the outcome of the evening is not too bad, it is best to let your child decide how to handle it. Make some agreements: can the candy be taken to their own room? Can your child still have candy after brushing their teeth? It’s nice to know where they stand, so you’re helping by talking about it.”
Your kids will later remember the adventurous scavenger hunt you went on together, not the amount of candy the party produced.
How do you make sure it’s about more than sugar, sugar and even more sugar?
“If you want to focus less on sweets, let your children see and feel that Sint Maarten is a special event: decorate lanterns, take a walk through the dark and admire beautifully lit houses. It is valuable if you teach your children that It’s about the experience, not the loot.”
“Your kids will later remember the adventurous scavenger hunt you went on together, not the amount of candy the party produced.”
What is the best thing to get for the children who come to your door?
Give something away that you are okay with if your own child (or grandchild, nephew or niece) gets it. And don’t forget that most children also like a tangerine or snack cucumber, so dare to make another choice.”
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