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October 2019 Te Contractor’s Advantage

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The Night of Too Much Candy

Halloween is a fun time for our family, as it is for many families with kids. We have two kids who are just in that age range where they get excited to dress up and go trick-or-treating. Our house is on a two-block stretch of road perfect for this candified activity. There are a lot of families with young kids in the neighborhood, and it’s a good time. Many of the nearby households participate in the festivities. In fact, so many join in that it’s a fairly short night for us. We walk up one side of the street for two blocks and then back down the other side, and the kids come home with more candy than they know what to do with (but, with my wisdom, I know what to do with all of that delicious candy ... ). Either my wife or I will stay home to hand out candy. Once it starts to get dark, however, we just leave a bowl of candy out for the kids. Right after sunset, the younger ones are usually wrapping things up and the older kids begin their night out, and they are usually after more tricks than treats. This year, my 5-year-old son is excited to dress up as one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I admit I was a little surprised — not that my son wanted to be a Ninja Turtle but that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are still part of our zeitgeist after all these years. It’s another one of those anachronistic creations from the 1980s that is still popular, like the Ghostbusters, Transformers, or trickle-down economics. My daughter, however, wants to dress as a vampire but insists that it should be “not too scary.”

My son’s birthday also happens to be in October, and he often conflates his birthday with Halloween. For him, his birthday is another day to dress up in costume and eat more candy. Like any kids, mine love candy. I do what I can to limit their consumption, but talking my kids out of eating candy (or too much of it, at least) is a lot like litigating in the courtroom. We have a debate as to whether or not they have eaten enough of their healthy dinner to warrant enjoying a piece of candy. It is a nightly debate at our house, and it can feel like my kids are members of the Princeton debate club. Of course, I do as much as possible to monitor their candy intake, but Halloween does up the challenge. Any parent knows the struggle. I find it fascinating just how much kids love sugar. It seems like a craving embedded in the genes. Any opportunity to eat candy or a sugary snack, they will take it. Back before we had kids, we were talking to a friend whose toddler had never tasted sugar. She kept her son’s

diet as sugar free as she could manage, so (as she insisted) his palate for sugar never developed. Well, not at the time, anyway. Flash forward to a few years later, and the story was very different. This kid became one of the most sugar- addicted children I had ever seen! As Halloween draws closer, our family is looking forward to the holiday. It should be a lot of fun even if I do have to disappoint my kids when we limit how much candy they can eat in the days and weeks afterward, or when candy somehow — and mysteriously — disappears after they go to bed.

-Jeremy Wyatt

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