The candy kids collect for Halloween is only a problem from a nutrition perspective.

If you make the mindshift to habits, however, Halloween is the perfect holiday for teaching kids to handle the big buffet. Catch the habitude with my Halloween Bill of Rights. It will set your kids on the path to a lifetime of healthy, holiday eating.

The Halloween Bill of Rights is intended to combat the slew of unintended messages our culture inadvertently teaches kids at Halloween.  The most prevalent one is that candy has power.

I recently wrote about this on Psychology Today :

If candy didn’t have so much power, if it weren’t so dangerous, it could quite safely stay in the house. Imagine, candy sitting in the drawer, minding its own business, not hurting anyone. But that’s not what happens.

Candy doesn’t sit quietly in the drawer. It calls your name. It also calls your kid’s name. And then the fighting starts. Either your own internal battle or the one you have with your kids. But things that don’t have so much power don’t have to be fought. They can comfortably co-exist with you and your kids.

Read the rest of my Psychology Today article.

For those who object to #10, I’m kind of with you. Remember the operative word is permission.

Read my candy-stealing confession.

And just in case I haven’t convinced you to let your kids keep their candy…

Read But What Are You Going to Do with All that Halloween Candy? and A Better Halloween Buy-Back.

Happy Halloween!!!

~Changing the conversation from nutrition to habits.~