Sometime around the third candy-induced tantrum of the week – this one over not being allowed to eat Skittles for breakfast. I know! I’m SUCH a mean mom – I decided that Halloween truly is the work of the devil. First, Riley is still scared spitless by all the zombies and skeletons and everything we saw on the 31st. (Newsflash to the neighbors: Halloween is over! Time to pack up the fake gravestones and bloody plastic body parts “decorating” your yard!) He now refuses to go into another room by himself, ever, even in broad daylight.
Then there’s the candy. From the minute they get up, they start bargaining for a piece here, a piece there, a little something in their lunch, another at snack time, and one for dessert after dinner. If I’d let them, my kids would sprinkle Nerds on their cereal, snort pixie sticks for a midday pick-me-up, and mainline M&Ms at night to take the edge off. Is there rehab for trick-or-treaters? There should be.
The best idea I’ve heard all week is the Switch Witch. Are you familiar with this? The “witch” comes and switches the Halloween candy for a toy or prize. Preferably something non-cavity- or diabetes-inducing. I guess this could work great for kids who don’t care so much about candy. But mine want to have their Gobstoppers and eat them too. I swear part of the appeal is dumping it all out and taking inventory of their massive stash. Hope they don’t notice that a mini Butterfinger or four went missing…
In other news, if you haven’t noticed it yet by the stacks of toy catalogs clogging your mailbox, Christmas is coming! I guess we’re skipping right over Thanksgiving? Oh, who am I kidding — of course people care more about toys than turkey. And by “people,” I mean my kids, who are already dog-earing every! single! page! of the catalogs. Even the $200 drum sets and the life-sized motorized vehicles. Dream big, kids. Dream big.
I have to admit, though, that I did get pretty excited about writing my Top Toys story for Maryland Family magazine. Look at these gorgeous toys! And all relatively affordable and gender-neutral, if I do say so myself. Since I love me some IKEA, I was also happy to see this post on 11 Fab (and Cheap!) Kids’ Gift Picks from IKEA. I always stock up on art supplies there.
Lastly, this week I was among the “top mommy bloggers in the Northeast” to share my picks for education apps and tech tips with the folks at Verizon Wireless. Thanks, kids! All that time you spend on the iPad DID pay off! Mommy owes you a new talking animal app. (They can’t get enough of Talking Ben.)
CONGRATS O’ THE DAY: A big hooray to my good friend and fellow blogger Angie Mizzell, who was selected to produce the Listen to Your Mother show in her hometown of Charleston, SC, in May. I also learned that Baltimore is hosting a show next year. Will I have the guts to audition…? Stay tuned!