October 28, 2011

Respect the Hustle for Candy


Halloween is here once again. Some people love Halloween. Others absolutely abhor the day. If you’re a parent of a child with diabetes – you may have to use a bit of creativity (or coercion) to find a way to make Halloween a treat despite the candy.

Most people have something they want more than candy. Nobody wants diabetes. But if you are one of the lucky people who have to celebrate Halloween with a 24/7/365 trick known as diabetes – why not get something sweet out of it? Here’s the idea…

Parents – think of something your child may want more than candy. Is that something worth exchanging for the treats they harvested? Is a weeks allowance worth handing over the bag-o-treats? Respect the hustle for candy.

If you’re in your 30s going door-to-door trick or treating I can’t help you. But if you’re a parent of a child who hates what Halloween does to your child’s glucose — try and negotiate with him or her.

Don’t count them out of the fun with their friends. Encourage them to go out and trick or treat. Give them something better than candy for all they hunt and gather. Ask them what is worth the trade-off. Consider it just deserts, if you will.