No matter what the occasion -- school parties, friends' birthdays, Cub Scouts, sports, or church -- candy seems to make its way into my kids' hands on a regular basis. There is one holiday, though, that trumps all others…you guessed it, Halloween. What makes Halloween different is the sheer volume of candy involved. I cringe when I think of the overflowing bags and buckets full of nothing but high blood-sugar readings, hyperactivity and future dental bills.
As chief candy inspector, my kids know I have complete control over incoming candy. Once it comes through that front door, all ownership goes out the window, and it gets added to the family candy hoard. I know what you're thinking… Meanest. Mom. Ever. Sooner or later, I'm sure the kids will find out that their friends at school actually get to keep all the candy they collect. So far though, they just figure that this is the way things are -- Mom allows a little bit of candy here and there, but the rest just might disappear.
So, what do I do with the candy once I've taken it all away? Well as much as I'd love to just eat it all myself (and I have been sorely tempted to do so), I have come up with a few effective candy management techniques:
About the author: My name is Kim. My daughter Kaitlyn (the third of our five children) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just a few years after my nephew James was diagnosed with the same disease. I'm excited to pair up with my sister-in-law, Jen, to share our story with you!
Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the "typical" experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Jen and Kim are real moms of kids with type 1 diabetes and have been compensated for their contributions to this site.