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Mari’s waffle: trick-or-treating

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Shakespeare’s Hamlet starts out as quite the waffler. Should I kill the man who murdered my father and married my mother, or…not? Granted, he’s got a pretty weighty decision to make. But did Hamlet ever see his kids dump out a pillowcase full of chocolate bars and candy corn with an unnatural gleam in their eyes and ask “So can I have it?”

Mari is thinking about skipping the whole trick-or-treating candypalooza altogether. She explains her dilemma:

“I am waffling about trick-or-treating this year.  Honestly I’m not crazy about the point of it…going up to strange houses and getting candy. Last year I had my son trade his candy for candy from the health food store.  All of the sugar/colors/etc drives me crazy. On the other hand, I do have fond memories of trick-or-treating growing up.  Also, I don’t want my kids to get mad when they go back to school the next day and all the kids are talking about trick-or-treating, but I can’t imagine I would be the only person not taking my kids out…or maybe I would be.  We did try and soften the blow with offering to take the kids to the movies where they would be allowed to have any candy they wanted to eat.  We have not decided either way.”

A tricky parenting dilemma!

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