Halloween might be long over, but depending on how much candy your little tykes gathered and your own willpower – not to mention that, if you’re like me, Christmas candy has already started to appear around the house – you’ve probably got some chocolate still lying around.
And you know what, parenting is hard and we deserve chocolate, you guys.
Nebraska mom Maralee Bradley knows this as well as anyone, which is why she shared her own personal candy reward chart on Facebook to the delight of parents everywhere.
Sure, you don’t need an excuse to eat candy (you’re an adult, after all), but we all like to see the ways we’ve earned little indulgences, right?
Instead of calorie and workout charts, Maralee is giving you permission to reward yourself for all of your daily accomplishments.
“Around Halloween I kept seeing this picture go around that listed different candies, their calorie count, and what kind of exercise you should do to burn them off. Um, no thank you. Motherhood is hard enough without candy guilt.
In Maralee’s world, you reward yourself for your mom duties big and small instead of punishing yourself for sneaking candy out of their bucket after they’re (finally) in bed. I don’t know about you, but that’s the kind of positive reinforcement I like to see between moms!
“Maybe it’s okay to sometimes give ourselves a little reward for being awesome moms. No amount of candy can ‘burn off’ the stress and frustration of your average day of motherhood, but I’m not going to say it doesn’t help.”
*munches leftover Twix*