Thanks For The Advice, But I'm Letting The Kid Keep The Candy

The day after Halloween, my 6-year-old son and I went to early vote then headed to the grocery store.

I was in a mellow mood so when he asked could he have my Iphone, I said "sure, why not." We grabbed a buggy and headed toward the bread aisle and immediately saw another friend from school and his mom who proudly announced that they had just come from the dentist's office where they turned in all the Halloween candy.

The mom said to me "They don't need all that candy and it only tempts me having it around the house. Besides the Halloween candy buy-back program is a great way to support the troops." She then did this strange nod-twist thing with her head to which I was probably supposed to respond in the affirmative. Meanwhile, my son turns to his friend to show him the Pokemon critter he had just caught on the phone to which his mom bluntly said, "No thanks, we don't play Pokemon." She gave me a weak smile and promptly sped away with her buggy.

My mellow mood then changed. Did I just get shamed for letting my son play Pokemon Go, a silly app he and his sister put on my phone during summer vacation, one he rarely plays? More importantly, did I just get lectured on what to do with my son's Halloween candy? I think I did. It was one of those moments that leaves you tongue-tied wishing you could go back in time and say, "Thanks for the advice, but I'm letting my kid keep his candy."

I've heard about the candy buy-back program and for some families this might be a good option. Personally, my son isn't a sugar freak and is okay with a piece or two as an after-school treat until the candy is gone or gets yucky at which point I throw it away when he's not looking. We've made it this far without a cavity, primarily because he doesn't like soda and prefers to drink water. He's not overweight nor has hyperactivity issues.

As for me digging in to the candy stash, I'd already used my mom privilege to take out the Heath bars (my favorite), and I'm not into the sweet and sour gummy worms or bears, Nertz, or Twizzlers. Maybe my taste buds have changed since I was young, but from what I have tested, a lot of the candy kids these days love is gross.

As for supporting the troops, voting for candidates who actually look after their best interests and is one of the most important things we can do. However, I will admit sending candy to the men and women who serve to keep us safe is a nice idea. If the candy buy-back isn't your deal, there are other options, and as we approach the holidays, such gifts are much appreciated. For the past couple of years, my son and I have loved sending care packages via a local church collecting for Operation Shoebox.

So you see, you can support the troops, watch your waistline, and let your kids enjoy their Halloween candy should that be your choice. Quite frankly, if I had tried to get rid of my son's candy, it would most likely look something like this:

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