Practicalities/Ideas from our home to yours.
How do you persuade the kids not to eat candy at Christmas?
In our house the Christmas stockings come out at Halloween. I agree they appear a little out of place but we put them up for good reason.
We found that the kids were given so much candy from their friends and the Santa in the mall that they had a hard time not eating it and putting it into the rubbish was wasteful according to William. The bargain here is that they have a choice if they eat it they will have instant enormous sugar joy for a few minutes followed by hyperactivity and then a sugar crash that would ultimately end in an argument or hurting someone’s feelings or they can put it into the Christmas stocking and save the cache up. Come Christmas time both kids sit down and write a list of highly prized items that they will get from Santa as currency.
This works for Gabe who is still only 5 Years, he’s happy that Santa is going to take it to feed to the elves as they are “sugar burners” and don’t suffer the problem that humans do on sugar. To support this idea that elves eat copious amounts of candy check out the film ELF. Sugar Burning Elf Movie Clip
William, who is now 10, has learnt to delay gratification for a bigger goal and can now apply the principles for other projects and circumstances.