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Use post-Halloween days to teach kids valuable lessons
Updated: 11/8/2012 5:58:36 AM
 

Use post-Halloween days to teach kids valuable lessons  Now that Halloween is over, many parents still have a great deal of candy leftover from their children's trick or treating. This candy can cause a serious threat to a child's dental health - unless parents take action. According to Ken Haller, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics at Saint Louis University, said that parents can use Halloween and the weeks following it as a time to teach their children valuable lessons about obesity and tooth decay.

Haller said that after the initial Halloween night candy binge, parents should take the following weeks as a time to teach kids about the importance of moderation. Children need to understand that eating too much candy on a regular basis can leave them overweight and with tooth decay.

"Parents can have a discussion about this. Kids don't have to eat everything that comes back with them," Haller said. "None of these candy are wildly unhealthy or poisonous, they are just not nutritious. If parents are pleasant, upbeat and enthusiastic about how much candy their kids can have, kids might accept what they are advocating."

Yahoo! Shine recommends that parents who want their kids to give up the Halloween candy should consider trading with them for crayons, stickers or a small toy. 

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