Halloween, holidays and other celebrations provide many opportunities for kiddos to indulge in sweet treats.  Knowing what to do in these sometimes sticky situations can help you keep the sweet tooth in check.

Ellyn Satter, RD, is an expert in raising healthy children who have good eating habits. Here’s what she suggests:

Give your child the chance to manage their Halloween candy stash.

Halloween evening, and again the next day, let your child have free range to decide when they’ve had too much and/or when it’s time to put their haul away for the night. Respect and enjoy the excitement they feel when they are in charge.

After Day 2, limit your little goblin to a few pieces of candy at meals and snacks.

When you recognize and respect your child’s ability to make decisions, you empower them to make healthy eating choices that can last a lifetime.