Are you dreading Halloween Hassles?
Do you have a love/hate relationship with Halloween?
We heard from a parent last week who said,
“Tears are expected on Halloween -it’s just what happens!”
We are here to say, IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE!
I’m ready to get my costume on Dad, can I? (6:00 AM Saturday)
Mom – can we leave yet? What about now? Now? (every 5 minutes)
I’m not hungry for dinner – can’t I just have some candy?
Why can’t I just go with my friends? YOU DON’T TRUST ME!
This skirt is not too short!
There is no way that my coat is going under this costume!
Why can’t I eat all of my candy tonight?
WHAT – You are going to give my candy away?!!!!!
There is a way to stop these hassles…make a plan before they start!
Know your boundaries and your expectations and then meet with your ghosts and goblins before Saturday night so that you can work together to make a plan.Share your expectations and give them choices or opportunities to solve certain problems:
Do you think we should cover 4 blocks or 5?
We’ll have dinner at 5:30 before we put costumes on so that we don’t slop all over costumes or makeup. Then, I was planning to leave at 6:30 but would 6:15 be better?
There will be time for you to sort candy tonight and you can have 2 or 3 treats before brushing your teeth. What will it be – 2 or 3?
Be sure to discuss what’s going to happen to all of the candy – whether you are a family who lets your kids eat it all in 2 days, saves it and rations it out or gives it away, it is important that the kids are clear up front.
Have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!