CMM came up with this hack to deal with High Candy season (Halloween), but Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so this hack may get some use yet.
We don’t want our daughter eating candy all day, but sometimes she just really, really wants a piece when it’s not “time”. And, y’know, sometimes I eat my sandwich at 10 in the morning instead of lunchtime, so fair enough.
My husband came up with the idea of using the video function on our digital camera to record her promising not to get upset when we say “no” to candy later because we’re letting her have a piece early. It worked! We’ve started doing it other times, too. She loves the digital camera, and it reminds her about the whole “delayed gratification” thing. She hasn’t bugged about getting extra candy (or screen time, or whatever limited thing she wanted “now” instead of “later”) and now we’re going to see if it’ll work to actually get her to wait for things.