When I was 7 years old my family traveled from New York to the California dessert to visit my Mom's family. My older brother 11 found a pack of cigarettes and wanted to try them. My Mom let him smoke as many as he wanted, and if I remember right he smoked the entire pack, got sick, and threw up. It taught me and my sisters a valuable lesson, Cigarettes make you throw up.
I recently read a blog that was giving suggestions on parenting, things to do and not do with the kids they did not have yet. I have to admit I laughed. The irony in these types of future parents lists, is that it's usually the self professed down-to-earth, natural types that try and inflict rigid restrictions on their kids. You can try! Good luck squeezing those square pegs into round holes. If I had one bit of advice to give new and future parents is; Listen to all the advice your given , then throw it all away and do what feels right. Teach through example and feel free to change strategies.
I just came across a wonderful article on Candy , "Is Candy Evil or Just Misunderstood?" The author explores the American relationship with candy and finds irrational and interesting ideas everywhere. "Dr. Kawash... describes her childhood in Sunnyvale, Calif., in the 1970s as an endless, and mostly frustrating quest for candy, restricted to a small weekly indulgence after church on Sundays. Later, binges on gummy bears and spice drops fueled her undergraduate research at Stanford; she found herself flushing handfuls of candy corn down the toilet to prevent herself from eating just a few more.”
Halloween is in a few days. My 2 remaining trick-or-treaters will be out early and home late with a bag full of Candy. They can eat whatever they want. The truth is, at least half of it will sit uneaten under their bed and will be thrown out in a few month's when its stale.