Being a mom can be hard sometimes. The days are long and the pay is non-existent. You deserve to have a treat. The struggle is… How do you hide your candy from your kids??
Have you ever bought a bag of nice chocolates just for yourself? You put the chocolates in your drawer and carefully ration them out over the week. Then one day you reach into your drawer to discover that the bag is … empty!
You know that you didn’t eat the last one. Are there chocolate-eating gremlins in your house? Why, yes there are chocolate snatchers – your husband and your kids.
So, what is a mom to do to ensure that her kids can’t steal her stash of sweets? Let me share 5 creative Ideas to hide your candy from your kids at home.
#1 Hide Your Candy in the Back of the Freezer
No one ever ventures to the back of the freezer except you. Hide your candy from in the kids in the back of the freezer. If you have an outside freezer, even better! But wait …I will have to let my candy thaw. Yes, dear mom, sometimes we have to put some roadblocks in for ourselves to make our candy last longer.
#2 Hide Your Candy with the Vegetables
Are you blessed with kids that prefer vegetables over chocolate and candy? If so, you probably aren’t reading this post to begin with you, lucky mom. In most families, our kids are not raiding the freezer to get into the vegetables.
Get sneaky, mom! Next time you prepare some frozen veggies, to the delight of your family, carefully open that bag and save it. Rinse, dry, and slip your sweet tooth stash into the bag. Secure it with a chip clip and place in the freezer.
#3 Hide Your Candy with the Weird Snack Food
One of my children loves dehydrated green pea pods. She is the only one who eats them. I guarantee that she could hide anything she wanted in that bag and it would be safe because NO ONE ELSE in our family is going to touch it.
Do you have a similar pantry item on your shelves? The key to a great hiding spot to hide your candy from your kids is to put it up high enough so that no one opens it in desperation.
Plus, make sure that it doesn’t make a lot of noise. Your kids will start to wonder when they keep hearing sounds coming from the pantry.
#4 Hide Your Candy in the Bathroom
Stealth is vital in keeping a hidden candy stash. If your kids catch sight of your hiding spot, the whole effort to hide your candy is lost. They do not forget candy hiding spots – EVER.
The bathroom is a perfect space to expect privacy. To ensure this lock the door. Even if you aren’t planning to treat yourself with candy, but just space alone – LOCK THE DOOR.
But how do I keep my husband out of it? I love baths with Epsom salts. Those bags would be perfect to save and hide candy. Or, an empty tampon box.
Special Note – You don’t want your candy smelling like the container you are hiding it in. You put your candy inside of a zip lock bag and then put it in your incognito bag. If you hide your candy from your kids only to have it smell gross, then you are going to be disappointed.
#5 Hide Your Candy in Locked Up in Plain Sight
I know this is bold and brassy, but sometimes a mama has to do what a mama has to do. Lock your candy up! Get a toolbox from the store and a combination lock that only you know the key too.
We use a toolbox with a lock to store nail polish at my husband’s insistence. (Why, yes there is a story behind that. If you don’t know why someone would need to do this….well, you are lucky.)
We live in the south and like most folks down here, we have a large gun safe. Of course, the kids don’t have the combination. Sadly, I can’t remember it either. This is where my husband keeps his candy.
Should a Loving Mother withhold Candy from her Children?
If you are wrestling with the spiritual implications of whether or not you should hide your candy from your kids, bless you. Seriously, we should apply Biblical principles to all of our decisions.
I bet however, that you are like most moms. You have purchased treats for your family, but they have plowed through theirs and are coming after yours.
When you hide your candy from your kids, you are encouraging your children to practice self-control. They can’t go through their candy and coming looking for yours. The reality is that our children get too much sugar, as faithful mothers we need to help them reign in their addiction to all those carbs.
This is a key truth your need to hear mama…God wants you to enjoy life.
A sweet treat can be just what you need to give you a boost to get back to serving your family. It is not selfish to practice self-care that makes your heart glad and makes your toil easier. If hiding your candy from your kids, allows you to practice self-care then it makes you a better mama.
"So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany him in his work all the days of the life God has given him under the sun." - Ecclesiastes 8:15 NIV
As moms, we can be guilty of always putting our kids first and ourselves last. We think that this is servanthood. We think that we are being like Jesus.
Yet, Jesus doesn’t give us everything that we want. Jesus gives us want we need. Our kids need to have their collective sweet tooth reigned in and learn to control their appetites.
On the flip side, you might need to check yourself too. Just how big is your candy stash? Make sure that you aren’t practicing gluttony with your stash!
Candy that is a reward can be a heavenly pleasure. Candy that is an escape can distract us from God’s purposes.
If we are medicating our loneliness, frustration, or overwhelm with food, we might need to hide our candy from ourselves. Perhaps, when we savor our chocolate in our closet – we should also be praying from the renewal to our spirits that only God can provide.
Good luck with hiding your candy from your kids & growing faith in your home!