Rather than single-handedly create rules for how much candy your child can eat and when, involve your child in the process.
“Portraying candy as bad can end up amplifying the desire for it, especially if it turns into a kind of ‘forbidden fruit,’” Dr. Carter says. “By allowing your child to help set expectations for their candy consumption, you can help them better understand the concept of moderation. Plus, they’re much less likely to fuss since they’ve participated in the process.”
If your Halloween hoarder does manage to keep their candy until spring, don’t fret. Properly packaged, most candy will stay good for six months or more.