You might have heard -- November is National Blog Posting Month. A bunch of bloggers are taking on the challenge of 30 posts in 30 days. I'm going to give it a try. I usually have about 50 ideas floating around in my head for posts but, like a lot of parents of young children, I can never quite find the time to put a coherent thought together. And the fact that I am actually getting started a day late on this might tell you a lot about how this month might go.
So -- this month there will be no coherent thoughts! That's part of parenthood, right?
This month will probably be an intimate snapshot of my urban life, with some parenting chuckles and advice on the way.
Even though it's November 2 right now here's my November 1 post:
What to do with all that Halloween Candy.
As my daughter gleefully reminded me for days before Halloween, "we are going to get a RIDICULOUS amount of Halloween candy!"
Oh yes, we did.
You might be wondering how we urban-dwelling, apartment-living people manage trick-or-treat. You probably assume that we stand under the window and have the kids yell TRICK OR TREAT and then someone opens a window on the 17th floor and tosses candy down on our heads. What an awesome visual! But, no.
We started off by visiting the two other apartments in our building who know us, like us, and had expressly invited us to come by. Then we ran across the street to meet up with a group of kids on our block -- there are about 15 children of trick-or-treat age on my block so it was a nice-sized group. The kids compared costumes and squealed with joy at seeing each other.
Another weird thing about our urban life: our kids all go to different schools all over town. They're all in public school but so much of here depends on where you're lucky enough to get in. So these kids don't spend all day together in school and they're delighted to see each other on special occasions like this
So here's what we do for trick-or-treat. Even though our block is mostly 6-flat apartment buildings, there is a street 2 blocks over that's mostly single-family homes. The houses on that block go all out with the decorations and the candy for Halloween. We all walked over there and joined the throngs of children and parents making the slow door-to-door journey.The homeowners sit out on their porches or porch steps with the candy. There are so many children in such a short period of time, that there's no point in going inside and waiting for someone to ring the doorbell.
After collecting candy up one side of the street and down the other, we truly had a ridiculous amount!
There are basically two schools of thought on managing the Halloween candy: gorge or ration.
Gorge: this means you let the sugar fiends have at it. Candy for breakfast, candy for lunch, candy for dinner. Up until the point when they've run out or they've made themselves sick -- and then they learn that 24/7 candy might not be the smartest plan.
Ration: You store the candy away someplace safe and dole it out 1 - 2 pieces a time. This teaches them all about how candy is a sometimes food, best in small amounts.
My take on it:
The first thing I did was amass the candy into one large bowl. I did not want fights over THAT'S MY CANDY and SHE TOOK MY CANDY! Aislin had one ring pop and she really wanted that one special piece so I let her take that one and put it in her lunch the next day. The rest all went into one giant bowl.
Next, I allow gorging on Halloween and the day after. As we were walking house to house, Eilie (my two-year-old) just wanted to stop and eat the goodies. What she wanted opened, I opened. Every time she got a new piece of candy she would take the one she had out of her mouth (or spit it into my hand yuck) and pop a new one in. This means she ended up the night with about 10 pieces of half-eaten candy in her bucket. Lovely.
Halloween night, candy was consumed, sugar-induced tempers flared (comes with the territory of excitement + sugar).
After November 1st, I put the bowl away and ration the candy. Honestly I ended up tossing a lot of it or giving it away. In one block we really do collect a ridiculous amount.
Don't worry though, out of the kindness of my heart I am glad to help out with the butterfingers and the snickers.
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