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''Halloween candy presents a learning opportunity,” writes Ellyn Satter, renowned nutritionist and child feeding expert.

“Work toward having your child be able to manage his own stash,” she advises parents in her book, Your Child’s Weight: Helping Without Harming.

This means a parent needs to learn to keep interference to a minimum. “When he comes home from trick or treating, let him lay out his booty, gloat over it, sort it and eat as much of it as he wants. Let him do the same the next day. Then have him put it away and relegate it to meal- and snack-time—a couple of small pieces at meals for dessert and as much as he wants for snack time.” You can read more of Satter’s sage advice here.

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