As our children have gotten into the routine of school, we are now knee-deep in the Fall season of activities. Of course, that includes lots of fun and lots and lots of sweets and candy that our little ones will have access to! With this in mind, there is a serious issue of fentanyl being disguised as children’s candy. This is a deadly drug that has already taken the life of a fourth grader in Texas. Yes, you read that right. A baby, a little child that was only in the 4th grade.
I have read several articles over the past few weeks that have discussed this and how it is being put in a form that looks just like candy. Any child wouldn’t even think twice about popping it in his mouth and unknowingly causing serious injury and or death. As a mom of a Pre-K child who just entered the school system, I am absolutely riddled with stress about this. However, I am trying to remain calm and share with other moms who may not have heard already. It’s also a good reminder to talk to your children, no matter what their age.
I personally spoke to my four year old and showed her the picture of the candy that was in the article. I told her not to accept anything from anybody at school other than her teacher who passes out their afternoon snack or the cafeteria worker who passes out breakfast and lunch. Any candy that she may need or want, I will have it for her when I pick her up. I told her to just say “No, thank you” if anyone offers her anything.
My friends, we are definitely living in a different time than when I grew up. We need to be aware of what is out there. I am here to do my part as a mom and as a woman with a voice to scream at the top of my lungs “Please be mindful” of your children and communicate with them daily. Remind them how important it is not to accept anything that another child may have to offer no matter how yummy it looks. Just simply tell them to say “No Thank You!”
Have a safe and healthy and happy Halloween!