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I'm banning gum and candy from my house!

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 Since the kids don't seem to know how to keep it in their mouths or throw it away when they are done. Every single time dh's kids come to visit I find gum stuck on tables and furniture. It's disgusting!!! Last night I found a dum dum stuck to the bed in their room and another one opened on the floor. I am sick of it, so I want to ban it all! Dh always buys them gum as a treat, but I'm the one walking around finding it stuck all over the place and when I ask whose it is no one will own up to it. When I was a kid we were not allowed to chew gum except on special occasions, I suspect for this very reason. lol

Thoughts? Is that fair? Do you allow gum and candy in your home?

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by on Mar. 1, 2013 at 10:06 AM
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Stephd710
by Ruby Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 10:17 AM

I used to.  When I was a stepmom I had the same problem as you.  The kids would come for their visits.  Their gma would spoil them with candy, which they brought to my house.  I started finding wrappers EVERYWHERE.  So finally after a few times of this, I said no more candy.  They could leave it at her house, but if they brought it home, I took it until it was time for them to go home.  I cleaned out under the couch after one of their visits and I bet there was about 100 Jolly Rancher, Starburst, and dum dum wrappers under there. 

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Mar. 1, 2013 at 10:17 AM
Yes its fair. I allow gum and candy but my son is 6 and knows to throw them in the garbage.
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CJsMommy92
by on Mar. 1, 2013 at 10:18 AM

It's fair, they can't eat it responsibley they can't have it


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by Andy on Mar. 1, 2013 at 10:18 AM
My SO always has candy in the house. I don't have to worry about my son and the trash, it's my SO. He'll put the wrap back in the candy dish!
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kansasmom1978
by on Mar. 1, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Yeah well I was gonna say your mean. But in that case I would too. If it does not stay in their mouth they don't get it.

Lorraine2674
by on Mar. 1, 2013 at 10:18 AM
I'd ban it too! Mine are still little so IF she gets candy she sits at the table until she is done.
Good luck!
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meka26
by Gold Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 10:19 AM

I never find opened candy, but I do find unopened candy all over dd's room. She know she's not allowed to eat it unless she asks me and she's 9. I have to monitor her b/c she will eat a lot of it and then complain of a stomach ache.

Luna091306
by on Mar. 1, 2013 at 10:20 AM

 12, 11, 9, and 5. I suspect it is the 9 and 5 year old. My dd is 6, but she knows better. I only have the issue when the other kids come over. Really, I was never big on gum. I never buy it but dh does because the kids always ask.

Quoting aphrodite7400:

how old are the kids, OP?  i would ban it too, until they are old enough to throw away their garbage. 

 

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the4mutts
by Bronze Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 10:20 AM
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We dont ban it, but we have them keep it at the table unless its a special occasion like a bday or something. The rule is: if I find it stuck somewhere, then the offender has to clean the ENTIRE room where it's found. If nobody admits to it, then they all have to clean 1 room each. That stopped it real quick for us
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abra
by on Mar. 1, 2013 at 10:20 AM
I think it is extreme. You have to teach them how to eat it while being kind to their neighbor by not making a mess of it. We don't each much candy, but when we do, they learned how to eat it without causing problems.
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