Michelle Obama Takes a Stand On Halloween Candy

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Michelle Obama HalloweenForget the cost of candy and the spooky costumes. The scariest part of Halloween for Mom comes at the end of the night, when that heaping helping of sugar is dumped on the living room floor and the kids dive in. Who better to help you handle the holiday without being a candy-skipping grinch than First Lady Michelle Obama?

She is, after all, the mom behind the national childhood obesity-fighting initiative Let's Move. We've seen her hula hooping on the White House lawn to make exercise fun. So here at The Stir, we wanted to know what the president's wife thinks of the sugar-fueled frenzy that is October 31. What she told our very own Tracy Odell during a session at the White House might surprise you.

Sasha and Malia Obama get their candy fix on Halloween just like the rest of the kids in America! And our First Lady thinks that's the way it ought to be:

Our philosophy is if you live right every day -- and I shouldn't say "right," but if you make good choices every day -- I tell this to my girls all the time -- that when it's time for the holidays and the fun stuff and the birthday party, that you don't have to worry about it because you're doing what you're supposed to do every single day. So we really talk about daily choices that they're making, and balance. Right? Because I don't want them to have to worry about how much candy they eat on Halloween.

Pheww! Makes you feel better knowing even the nation's spokesperson for kicking the childhood obesity trend isn't a sugar scrooge, doesn't it?

Besides making us feel a little better, Mrs. Obama's tips on how she balances things out are easy to implement in every household:

1. Let the kids keep the Halloween candy for a day or two before confiscating it.

2. Don't let the kids keep that candy in their rooms; it's just too tempting!

3. Provide balanced meals every day to offset the occasional sugar blitz.

4. Talk to your kids about good choices vs. bad so they take the responsibility on holidays or at school instead of you having to watch them like a hawk (or worry when you can't be there). 

And if all that sounds like it's too much to handle, how about one more piece of advice from the First Lady that EVERY mom could use?

When you feel like, oh, I haven't changed the environment -- just take a bath. Eat a piece of chocolate. You need one.

Oh, yeah, Mrs. O. is one mom who gets us!

How do you handle all that candy on Halloween? Does it make you nervous to see the kids chowing down?


Image via United States Government Work/Official White House Photo by Pete Souza/Flickr

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PonyC... PonyChaser

All the candy goes into a big basket on the dining room table. It stays there. All year. The three of us (me, hubby, son) are allowed to graze it as much as possible. When it's always there, it's not nearly the temptation you'd think, especially after the first or second day, when all the "good" candy (M&M's, Snickers, etc) are gone. We've still got candy left over from LAST Halloween. My son would just as soon choose a granola bar, crackers, fruit or veggies for a snack. It really just depends on his tastes that day.

CoolR... CoolRelax

Agreed, Ponychaser.  The more "special" the more tempting. 

Tania... Taniaengel

She is absolutely right!  Besides,how can you fight all the advertisement???...Another holiday invented to made money...... Blame the parents....you teach them to go out there to get those dam candies to begin with..... now you have to be strong to literally "take the sweet from your kids mouth...."

momka... momkaribg

If I let my son he would eat every last piece.

jessi... jessicasmom1

our candy is looked through and then placed for all this family and we too still have some left over from last year DD likes healthy things first

KamiB79 KamiB79

We let them have a few pieces everyday then the leftovers go to the lounge at my work.

Numom... Numom61507

There are some things I cant keep out of my daughters hands (lollipops). There are some things you cant keep out of my hands (Kit Kats and Twizzlers). Her father usually ends up consuming the majority of it. This year (since it is my first year hosting holiday meals) I am keeping some to put in a candy dish so none of us eat it..


I let me son pick through and pull out things he does not like, and we give that away. Then I put it up and allow him just a couple pieces a day. It is not a huge battle here thankfully.

Texas... TexasWife

My kids are younger. So I ususally go through and make sure that I get the stuff they can't eat out. Like gum and such. Then I ususally dish it out after they eat their lunch or dinner. I never really thought that was a grinch thing. lol. I actually thought that was how everyone did it. My husband and I were raised that way. 

doll0302 doll0302

My daughter gets to keep all her candy, and she is so excited to have it, and in the end she maybe eats 5 or 6 pieces. TOTAL. she doesn't care as long as we tell her she can have it. Weird huh?

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