I have a new post up at the NaturalKids Team blog: Too much candy? The Halloween Fairy wants it.This year, my daughter said that she was giving all of her candy to the Halloween Fairy because she wanted a really good present. I'm relieved to hear it. Last year, November 1 was a mess. Bede and I don't know how many factors were actually involved, but the combination of excitement the night before, plus party treats, plus candy with blue food coloring may have contributed to the meltdown at school the following day. This year, her class is having a Halloween party during the last hour of the school day, starring store-bought cupcakes, fruit juice packets, and a nod to health with a fruit platter, (i.e. sugar, sugar, and sugar). Then, the hopped-up 2nd graders are unleashed!
The House of Glee acknowledges its addiction to sugar. We usually deal with it in small increments and have occasional treats. At this point, the sugar addiction is a self-correcting mechanism because when we have more than our systems can take (and it doesn't take much), we have everything from temper-tantrum meltdowns to the equivalents of hangovers that affects our attention spans, moods, and creative outputs. The Halloween Fairy is a pleasant counterpoint to the sugar onslaught.