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  • Education is too important to be left solely to educators. Francis Keppel

    The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.Ralph Waldo Emerson

    If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders. Abigail Van Buren

    Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. Meryl Streep

    Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army. Edward Everett

    The historian is a prophet in reverse.Friedrich von Schlegel

    The formative period for building character for eternity is in the nursery. The mother is queen of that realm and sways a scepter more potent than that of kings or priests. Author Unknown

    There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million. Walt Streightiff

    One good mother is worth a hundred schoolmasters. George Herbert

    Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it. William Haley

    Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. John Dewey

    Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you’ve never been hurt and live like it’s heaven on Earth.Mark Twain

    Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. Robert Fulghum

    Nothing is more terrible than ignorance in action.Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    Education is a progressive discovery of our ignorance. Will Durant

    There's nothing that can help you understand your beliefs more than trying to explain them to an inquisitive child. Frank A. Clark

    It is little short of a miracle that modern methods of instruction have not already completely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry... I believe that one could even deprive a healthy beast of prey of its voraciousness if one could force it with a whip to eat continuously whether it were hungry or not... Albert Einstein

    If you don’t have a plan for your life, someone else does.Anthony Robbins

    It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense. Robert G. Ingersoll

    It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. Frederick Douglass

    Education is not filling a bucket but lighting a fire. William B. Yeats

    The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas. George Santayana

    The mother's heart is the child's school-room. Henry Ward Beecher

    [Education] consists mainly in what we have unlearned. Mark Twain

    Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve. Roger Lewin

    The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn. John Lubbock

    For the unlearned, old age is winter; for the learned it is the season of harvest.The Talmud

    You send your child to the schoolmaster, but 'tis the schoolboys who educate him. Ralph Waldo Emerson

    I try not to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.Mikhail Baryshnikov

    Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.Plato

    That best academy, a mother's knee. James Russell Lowell

    To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while. Josh Billings

    Only the curious will learn and only the resolute will overcome the obstacles to learning. The quest quotient has always excited me more than the intelligence quotient. Edmund S. Wilson

    An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy. Spanish Proverb

    I am not a teacher; only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead--ahead of myself as well as of you. George Bernard Shaw

    Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants. John W. Gardner

    Education aims to give you a boost up the ladder of knowledge. Too often, it just gives you a cramp on one of its rungs. Martin H. Fischer

    If the doors of perception were cleansed, every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite.William Blake

    But, good gracious, you've got to educate him first. You can't expect a boy to be vicious till he's been to a good school. Saki (H. H. Munro)

    The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows. Sydney J. Harris

    The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without a teacher. Elbert Hubbard

    Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible. Marion C. Garretty

    We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.Chuck Palahniuk

    Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible -- the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family. Virginia Satir

    My idea of education is to unsettle the minds of the young and inflame their intellects. Robert Maynard Hutchins

    I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. Mark Twain

    An educational system isn't worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living but doesn't teach them how to make a life. Author Unknown

    The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives. Robert Maynard Hutchins

    The primary purpose of a liberal education is to make one's mind a pleasant place in which to spend one's time. Sydney J. Harris

    You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself. Galileo Galilei

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October 23, 2013

How to Have a Healthy Halloween

I confess, I love some things about Halloween, especially since I’ve figured out how to keep it healthy for our family.

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As we were preparing for our fun evening, I thought I’d share with you how I’ve done this.

The few days after Halloween I stop at local stores to pick up lots of discounted fun stuff.

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I hand this stuff out the next year, things such as rings, stickers, fake teeth, erasers, etc. (Why not when it’s 75% off???)

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I keep a few semi-healthy treat items to “trade” with my kids for their candy like, YummyEarth’s How to Have a Healthy Halloween evaporated cane juice lollipops or hard candies. As long as I tell them ahead of time that we’re only going to have a little and get some trades from mom, they are pretty okay with it.

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My husband and I prefer a bit of dark chocolate for ourselves.

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We make yummy pumpkin cookies each year (I’ll try to post recipe soon), which I hand out to the parents at our neighborhood trunk or treat. It’s becoming a tradition. I use whole white wheat flour and Evaporated Cane Juice sugar How to Have a Healthy Halloween in my cookies, along with a few dark chocolate chips…mmmm!

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We have a big bin full of costumes from yard sales, that the kids love to pull stuff from. I encourage my kids not to dabble too much in the scary and dark side of this holiday. We generally like to keep things on the lighter side (and have less nightmares as a result). Although, I admit we like to watch Disney’s “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” as a tradition.

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Here’s a fun Jibjab video I made of the kids last year. They love to watch it over and over.

This year we learned that our dentist is paying $1 per pound of candy to the child and $1 to the child’s school when they bring it into the office. So that’s what we’re going to do. I could have done this before, myself.

Here’s a video we did on having a healthy Halloween.

I don’t feel guilty at all for helping my family enjoy this holiday without the traditional amount of white sugar treats. We don’t have big emotional swings the next day, we feel good and stay healthy. And after so many kids I’ve really been able to tell a difference. It’s nice and I’m completely satisfied doing it this way.

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How do you help your kids stay healthy around Halloween time?

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15 Comments

  1. I know I can do better that this (especially thanks to your great ideas), but what we’ve done so far is I’ve asked them “Would you rather go trick-or-treating or ….” and I make it good enough that they choose the latter.

    This year we went out to eat for dinner, they picked one item from the Dollar Store, and got a Wendy’s frosty on the way home.

    I figure one night of bad food and sugar is better than the whole week.

  2. These are some wonderful ideas! Thanks for sharing. I posted something similar on my health and recipes blog; we definitely believe in the same things.

  3. Sharlynn Jones says:

    With my kids (7, 5 & 3yrs) I say “Hey! Let’s figure out how to make your candy last ALL THE WAY TIL CHRISTMAS!!” (You have to make it sound really exciting). Then we count their candy and do a little math ….it usually ends up being only 2 pieces per day. I’m totally cool with 2 a day.

    • Jenni @ Mom Essentials says:

      Yes, that’s an idea. Keep in mind, however, that half the body’s white blood cells (for immunity) are paralyzed for 24 hours after eating white sugar. So this could definitely lower your kid’s immunity over the holidays.

  4. Danielle B says:

    100% healthy in our home… we don’t celebrate Halloween!

  5. Miz Helen says:

    Looks like you’al had such a good time, making memories with your family is the most important thing you can do. Have a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
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  6. laura says:

    I love jib jab videos! some great ideas here–although I wonder if the plastic teeth and toys made n China are REALLY healthier? I get it from a mom perspective that anything is better than refined sugar, HFCS and food dye but what’s in those teeth that we DON’T know about? great post got me thinking!
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    • Jenni @ Mom Essentials says:

      My experience has been that MOST of the time, the teeth are just a novelty. They try them, but don’t keep them in for too long. They usually tire of them fairly quickly. I’m glad I’ve got you thinking though! Thanks for reading!

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    Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)
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  8. Anne-Marie says:

    Great ideas!!!!! I’ll keep this in my arsenal for next year! :)
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  9. Kathy says:

    Judging by the happy, smiling faces – all are enjoying your healthy alternatives – wonderful ideas! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy
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  10. There are some great tips for a less sugary Hallowe’en in your post. It looks like you and your kids definitely had fun!

  11. I wasn’t able to hit the after Halloween discounts, but wish I had. I think a lot of parents appreciate the non-food items more than the candy for their kids.
    This year I handed out goody bags with my Boogie Wipes samples. Each bag also contained a coloring page and 2 crayons and coupons. Well….I did put a Dum Dum pop in each bag as well.

  12. Margaux says:

    Thanks for sharing. This is really some great stuff I need to remember as my toddler grows up. Lots of fun ideas to keep it healthy without being “boring.” :) Glad you linked up to Snacktime Saturday.
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