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In her blog, Smart Nutrition, Jessica Penner makes a surprising suggestion: on Halloween, parents should allow their children to decide how much candy they eat. She proposes that it's better for kids to make decisions and learn the potential consequences of sweets when they are younger. 

First, parents should make their kids aware of how their bodies feel: asking about their stomachs and ensuring they continue to enjoy eating it. They can also participate in the Halloween experience by eating the candy with the kids, and slow down the process by playing a game. Making candy a fun family experience also makes it seem less forbidden, according to Penner.

If the child does vomit, the experience can teach them about future indulgence. Click here to learn more about why one night of overeating candy can actually be helpful rather than harmful.

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