By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | March 18, 2015
Easter is coming – watch out for sugar overload!
Most parents try to limit sugar and candies their children consume and holidays can often wreck our endeavors. While one day will not make a child become obese, the sugars eaten that day (and afterward) can cause temporary negative behavior spikes that can spell big trouble for parents and kids. To me prevention is just as important for anger and abuse as it is for cavities and obesity. Here are a few things to think about in advance:
Give non-candy gifts:
Balls, Barrettes & hairpins, Beads, Books, Bubbles, Chalks for sidewalks & blackboards, Coloring books, Combs, Comic books, Crafts, Crayons, Glow-in-the-dark anything, Jacks & balls, Key chains, Legos, Lip balm & gloss, Movie theater tickets, Noise makers, Notepads, Party favors, Pens, Pencils & erasers, Pick-up sticks, Plastic coin holders, Plastic figures & animals, Plastic jewelry, Play-Doh , Puzzles, Stickers, Temporary tattoos, Toothbrushes, Toy cars, Travel size toiletries, Water color sets and so on.
Give non-sugar (added) treats:
Apples, Goldfish crackers, Pretzels, Raisins, String cheese, Sugarless gum and so on. Check the grocery store diabetic aisle for seasonal treats for children.
Keeping sugar away from children is not easy. During holidays guests and relatives tend to bring candy without even considering that parents may not want kids to have it and it is nearly impossible to take candy away once it has been seen by the child. Plan ahead and inform visitors of your wishes BEFORE they show up. Here’s how to put it diplomatically:
“Thank you so much, BUT since we treasure our time with you we are restricting candy to prevent negative behaviors.”
Even after parents have warned everyone, there may be grandparents or others who feel parents are making a big deal out of nothing and give candy to kids anyway so be prepared. If a sugar-rush outburst occurs, stay calm and try to remain objective… it is only one day in a child’s lifetime and use it as a learning experience for the future.
As with Halloween, there are many recipes for using up leftover candy near the end of the page on: Halloween Resources
Parents could also carefully measure out the amount of candy so kids enjoy it longer with lower behavior spikes. It can help parents to remember that the most important goal is to create a lasting pleasant memory as opposed to an unpleasant one.
ABOUT SUGAR in a nutshell: Our government has been subsidizing sugar production so manufacturers are encouraged to add it to many food items. As people became more sugar conscious, companies tinkered with the substance in order to disguise it from consumers under other names – and another and another and so on.
To economize on non-food items for Easter check out local dollar stores, discount stores, pharmacies and grocery stores as sources. There are also low-cost options online at these and other businesses:
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Good luck with Easter and remember to learn for the next holidays that dot our calendar!
WEEKLY QUOTES: Carpe Diem
Fear not that life shall come to an end, but rather fear that it shall never have a beginning. ~John Henry Cardinal Newman
You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it. ~Charles Buxton
To change one’s life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions. ~William James
Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. ~Charles Richards
As you grow older, you’ll find the only things you regret are the things you didn’t do. ~Zachary Scott
Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite. Or waiting around for Friday night or waiting perhaps for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil or a better break or a string of pearls or a pair of pants or a wig with curls or another chance. Everyone is just waiting. ~Dr. Seuss
I’m less interested in why we’re here. I’m wholly devoted to while we’re here. ~Erika Harris
To always be intending to live a new life, but never find time to set about it — this is as if a man should put off eating and drinking from one day to another till he be starved and destroyed. ~Walter Scott
You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted. ~Ruth E. Renkl
Alas for those that never sing,
But die with all their music in them.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes, “The Voiceless”
Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you. ~Annie Dillard
Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today. ~James Dean
The important thing is not how many years in your life but how much life in your years. ~Edward J. Stieglitz
For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin — real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. ~Fr. Alfred D’Souza
I would I could stand on a busy corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours. ~Bernard Berenson
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