Communication is Key:
Before you leave for Halloween parties,
parades, or other fun events, have a quick family meeting so that your
whole family knows how long you plan to stay and how you expect them to
behave. Give your child a schedule of events for special activities,
particularly on days with lots of transitions. Whether it’s a written schedule
or one with pictures for younger kids, your child will feel calmer and safer
knowing what is coming up. Discuss the schedule regularly and provide info
for each event. Have a code word your child can use if he or she feels
overwhelmed and needs a break. Honor the code word by removing your
child from the stressful situation for a few moments, and discuss coping
skills. Again, giving children some control during activities that may be over-
stimulating will reduce anxiety and enhance the fun.
Many face paints contain lead, a neurotoxin, and other
toxic chemicals. Make your own face paints, glitter gel and more! See
http://www.thesmartmama.com/?s=Halloween and scroll down the page
for easy recipes Halloween masks and store-bought costumes often contain
PVC plastic - which is made of chemicals linked to health problems. Making
your own costumes is a lot of fun, provides a wonderful learning experience
for kids and is much cheaper and healthier!
If you're child's on a restricted diet, bounces off the wall with too much sugar, or just
needs to avoid a long stay in the dentist's chair, big batches of high-calorie, high-sugar, hyper-loading sweet
stuff can be a crisis. Rather than empty the trick-or-treat bag (or Easter basket, or goody bag) into the trash
when the kids aren't looking -- or scarfing it all up yourself -- think about using those highly motivating but
highly problematic goodies in a way that can make both you and your child happy.
BOOklist: The wind howls, making dry leaves skitter on a dark night. Creatures race from door to door
asking for treats, threatening tricks. It's Halloween! Time for some scary and not-so-spooky tales filled with
pumpkins, ghosts, and monsters galore.
LDA wishes you and your
family a safe and