We are what we are today based on the millions of experiences we have had up to this point. People have touched our lives, we were taught fundamentals from our youth, and successes and failures have made us more brave or more hesitant to continue or discontinue the path we were once on or have always been on. I believe that, as parents, our job (among a million other things) is to protect our children from people and things that will harm and hurt, and steer them in a way to leads to success and happiness, whatever that means to you and your child.
One of the ways that I am personally guiding my son is in the way of emulating positive role models instead of harmful ones, and one way I can do that is by putting particular interest in who my boy is portraying for Halloween! Call it minial and unimportant, but I think who we allow our children to dress up as and act like is certainly an opportunity of great direction.
First of all, let’s talk about weapons. We don’t let our children play with guns, for obvious reasons, but primarily so that they never accidentally get ahold of a real and loaded gun and wave it around like they have in play time and inadvertantly do some great damage. Likewise, how do you feel about play knives, axes, and saws, when these very dangerous items are found in most homes? Most children who have seen their dad make repairs or do serious yard work know where these tools are, and getting to them isn’t entirely difficult. So what’s my point? I think we should be careful with what we let our children play with, even and especially ‘play’ versions of very dangerous things.
Take this to a level above weapons, and what are we doing by allowing our children to roam around the neighborhood masked as villians, ax murderers, grim reapers, and evil spirits? We are letting them feel comfortable in this costume and this role of evil and thus allowing them to experiment with this feeling of being a bad thing on the outside while remaining incognito.
This might sound a little extreme, and I hope this doesn’t bring on an entourage of angry mommy comments, so let me wrap this up. I will not be allowing my son to EVER be a character of masked wrongdoers. Captain Hook is the farthest we go. I will closely be monitoring and heavily influencing what my son dresses up as for as many Halloweens as he is in my home! Lets keep a track record of cute animals, wholesome professions, and super heros for as long as we can! You don’t need to be extremely creative to find a costume that you both can agree on. In fact, Pure Costumes carries hundreds of these exact costumes I’m talking about: dragons and frogs, fire fighters and policemen, and every super hero you could think of.
Let’s keep Halloween fun and safe for our young and impressionable youth!
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