One woman has created a brilliant candy chart for stressed-out moms as a rewards system after dealing with certain situations from their children.
Before Halloween, Maralee Bradley from Lincoln, Nebraska, saw parents posting charts online about the calories in different candy bars to encourage parents not to consume any of their kids trick-or-treat sweets, according to Good Morning America.
‘Motherhood is hard enough without candy guilt,’ Maralee wrote in a Facebook post as she shared her own candy chart for parents.
Flip the narrative: Maralee Bradley, pictured with her six kids, from Lincoln saw parents shaming other mothers online for eating any trick-or-treat candy ahead of Halloween
Well-deserved: She created a chart of her own that rewards mothers when they have to handle different situations from their kids
Positive: In a post on Facebook, Maralee stated that moms should not feel ‘candy guilt’ for eating whatever they want around Halloween
She continued: ‘I whipped up this little chart to put a bit of a different spin on it.
‘Motherhood is hard, candy is delicious and maybe it’s OK 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.’
The chart featured three columns. The first states what the child did, the second states how the mom responded, and the third features a candy bar the mom can then eat because of the situation.
The first situation involved the child wetting the bed.
Maralee wrote if the mom ‘reassured them that accidents happen and it’s OK’, then they should reward themselves with a Butterfingers.
Another situation involved the mom reacting to their child if they rolled their eyes. Maralee suggested the mom deserved a Sweet Tart if they refrained from yelling in response.
Creative: One situation on Maralee’s chart encouraged moms to grab a candy after their children wake them up in the middle of the night
Plethora: She decided to create the chart after seeing all of her kids Halloween candy (pictured) and realizing she shouldn’t feel bad about eating any of it
It was also suggested that mothers grab themselves a Milky Way if they are woken up in the middle of the night and responded in a loving way to their child instead of being upset.
Maralee, who is the mother to her six children , Josh, 12, Danny, 9, Bethany, 8, Joel, 6, Carolina, 5 and Teddy, 4, told GMA why moms should not feel guilty about that post-Halloween candy binge.
‘It’s not that important to me to burn off a Snickers,’ Maralee said. ‘It’s actually important to me to feel like I’m being a good mom and rewarding myself and not feeling guilty for that.’
‘It kind of breaks that isolation that you’re the only one who’s dealing with the pressures to be the perfect mom, and have the perfect diet,’ she added.
The chart created by Maralee was first posted on Monday and has since received hundreds of likes as other mothers provided encouragement to anyone who needs a sweet reward after parenting their kids.