- Tell your child what to expect and avoid protecting them too much.
- Let kids use their own imaginations to come up with their own costumes.
- Remember - costumes do not need to be expensive. Oftentimes, the best costumes come right out of the closet. Also, search local thrift shops for quick bargains!
- If your child sees something scary, remind them that it is not real.
- Wear a costume yourself! Your child will love it!
Friday, October 26, 2018
According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children, parents should be on the lookout for the reactions of their children when determining what is too scary. If your child seems worried, this can be a big sign that something is bothersome. Parents are often surprised about their children's fears when tuning in this way.
Remember that managing fears is a way for young children to build important emotional skills. With support, children learn to manage their reactions to strong emotions. Sometimes it is helpful for children to draw, instead of talk about their fears. Books are always helpful for children, showing them that their feelings are normal, and giving them a character that they can relate to. This character often overcomes their own fears, showing your child that they can do the same.
Here are a few tips for celebrating Halloween with young children:
For more, please read the Michigan State University article here.