So you’re looking a fun way to celebrate Halloween with your family. It needs to be safe. Mildly spooky at most – we don’t want the kids to have nightmare for weeks! And, you’d like to be able to leave with more than cob webs in your account. Well, you’ve come to right place.
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I am a firm believer that kids should be taught the value of the almighty dollar. I think too often in today’s time, parents hand out money but miss the chance to teach their kids a lesson.
Now, before I go any further, please understand. I am not saying you cannot splurge on your child. I am guilty of this too! I don’t think there is anything wrong with rewarding your kids. All I’m simply trying to say is – many times we, as parents, pay for that toy or candy bar in the store just to get five minutes of peace and quiet. Then, what happens? You feel guilty that you rewarded your kid, and they didn’t really do anything to deserve it.
Whether you’re hit with a bout of nostalgia for those old school days, or breathe a sigh of relief thinking “Thank heavens, that’s over,” the school supply list that arrives faithfully in your mail or email probably evokes memories. If it’s not memories of your own school days, it’s memories of school supply shopping. And if you dread school supply shopping, you’re not alone.
Whether it’s the cool new backpack with the latest “in” character on it, or a specific loose-leaf because “everybody has it,” kids definitely have their preferences. From the sound of it, it might seem like their whole school experience, their social status, their friendships, not to mention their future, depends on the turquoise spiral notebook with three dividers and the right brand name on the cover. As a parent, it’s easy to be intimidated by kid’s oratory skills about how their life will be ruined if they don’t get this (and get it now). They can paint curiously vivid pictures of your cruelty in denying them their “needs.” What kind of parent wants their child to suffer agonies of embarrassment?
Don’t get caught in that trap.