I don't like cake and won't eat it. Should I never go to another birthday party again.
What if the person was offering opened sweets? My kids aren't allowed to eat snakes or any lollies that aren't sealed. Should they take them just so they can throw them away later?
I just find it incredibly wasteful. I do see where you're coming from but (a) it's Halloween so once a year (b) it's a kid and (c) it's not like you didn't have someone else to give them to.
I see nothing wrong with politely turning down food. If I had trick or treaters come to my door and one politely refused a lolly/chocolate and said to give it to someone else, I would be very impressed with their manners actually. If they said something like "no I dont like freddos, give me something else", well then to me thats rude.
With gifts etc my kids have been given some awful things but they smile and say thank you. Food is different though. If I dont like something, I will politely say no thank you and I dont see why my kids should be different- we all have our likes and dislikes and im not going to make them eat something they dont like. But our whole family is like that- if we dont like a certain vegetable/food, we politely decline when asked if we want some served on our plate. So to me its normal to politely decline food. The friends we associate with are the same as well- its no big deal.
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Kids in school learn a lot about waste. My kids are always lecturing me about wasting stuff and using the last of everything before you throw it away.
Putting it into that context you may feel differently about things when your kids get older.
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