The Day after Halloween...what's a parent to do?


pexels-photo-65547-largeEveryone all sugared up? I remember the annual scene of Halloween night as my sister and I shed our costumes, poured our loot onto the living room floor and began the negotiations. Fortunately, I was partial to the chewy fruity candies and and she was partial to chocolate. The only chocolate bar I was even vaguely interested in was Baby Ruth, but I didn't let on so that I could drive a harder bargain.

Is there a way to redeem this holiday...from a parenting point of view? I have a few suggestions:

  • Use it as an opportunity to help your children develop their skill of persuasion. Incentivize it. At dinner tonight, have each child make a case for their favorite candy. The one who does the best job gets to pick the restaurant the next time you go out for a meal.
  • Promote the concept of service to others. Propose the following scenario: Imagine you and your friends pool all your candy together.  If your goal was to do something good for someone else, what ideas would you come up with? If your children come up with a good idea, be willing to help them make it a reality.
  • Use this opportunity to explore how your kids are wired. Talk about all the jobs that go into making Halloween candy--someone has to create the recipe for a new candy, someone has to market test it, someone has to go out and get venture capital to fund the operation, someone has to procure the supplies, someone has to actually manufacture the candy, someone has to design the wrapper and the advertising collateral, someone has to sell the product to distributors. Each family member then selects a job they would most like to do and tells why they picked it.
  • Halloween_2015_Frog1Looking ahead, have you heard of Christmas in July? about Halloween in August? I think we all know that August is a hard month because many of the camps are over and the last few weeks before school starts drag on. Boring! Why not suggest a family project where the challenge is to create either a fabulous family costume or a trunk-n-treat concept? 🙂
  • Well, those are just a few of my ideas. What can you add to the mix?




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Page Cvelich

College/Teen Program Manager

Page Cvelich has brought a wealth of knowledge to the Work/Life Center from prior experience as a high school guidance counselor and parent education coordinator. Page has been responsible for setting up a high school college and career center, designing a career exploration program for teens and serving as a counselor at a backpacking camp in the Rockies. In her role as Teen/College Program Manager, Page enjoys interacting with small groups of parents and teens, as well as consulting one-on-one with parents and referring them to resources so that they are better able to provide the support and encouragement their kids need.

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