That's a radical interpretation of what I said Skynny.
I don't see how it's any more of an exaggeration than your equating candy with cigarettes.
Life is tough, and it's getting tougher. The fact that we, as a group, hold ourselves to a much higher standard than the majority is already gonna make things difficult for the children. I see absolutely no harm in allowing this one night of the year to be frivolous.
It's not an 'exaggeration' to say that I said that I think having fun is wrong. That's just not what I said at all
And I never said that eating candy should not be 'allowed'
. If I was a parent, I don't know what approach I'd take, I certainly wouldn't say "You're not eating any candy god damn it" etc. But I wouldn't encourage the children to eat it either.
What I am saying is, I don't understand why people accept the traditions that exist, without questioning them. People do things for their kids so that their kids 'don't feel left out'. That's not a good reason to do something. Where do you draw the line with this approach to parenting? What the majority
of people do is not an indication of what you
should do. Candy is a very pedantic thing to talk about like it is a 'right'. Candy is just unhealthy tasty food, that's all it is.