There is nothing cuter than little children dressed in costumes. The thrill they feel trick or treating, pressing doorbells, and receiving CANDY to stash in their little pumpkin bags is so delicious to watch. The problem is, we seem to collect more and more candy every year. We STILL have loads of candy at our house. This morning already started with candy eating and negotiating. If I dole it out even piece by piece I am looking at several months of sugar induced fits, and probable tooth decay. So here’s my plan. I told the kids they may have a piece of candy every day until next week, and then I’ll trade them candy for a trip to the toy store. They can chose one toy in exchange for their candy. I also told them that if they are missing their candy too much in the weeks to come we can take a trip over to John Kelly’s Chocolate Store, and they can chose a few chocolates to take home. (All of John Kelly’s chocolates are made from the finest ingredients.) Am I a mean mother? Possibly, but all this candy makes my kids crazy! They fight over it with each other, and with me, which makes me crazy. I do remember the glory of the shiny colored Halloween loot, trading and comparing it for hours on end with my own sister when I was young, but I also might add that I have a mouth full of silver fillings. So that’s my tip – bribe your kids with a toy. I may not make mother of the year for spewing that advice, but it will surely save me some heated battles and less trips to the dentist before next Halloween.
Every now and then I come across a great family movie that I have to share with my readers. The family recently watched the documentary called, Pelada and I highly recommend it. It is the story of a young couple who were college soccer stars, but did not make it to the professional circuit. It traces their journey around the world looking for “pick up games” in unlikely places. As they look for the perfect scrimmage, they find a myriad of people, fellow lovers of the game. Their varied stories illuminate the film and explore the love of a sport that extends across the globe. My son, (9) is a huge soccer fan. Pelada was particularly meaningful to him, as he watched footage of kids in Africa playing with a hand made ball, and then inmates in a prison playing competitively within the walls of their confinement. The film is well written and full of depth, as the two lead characters search for meaning and purpose in their new adult lives while balancing their passion for the game of soccer. It was refreshing to share a non-Hollywood movie with the kids and watch something more contemplative. I was impressed with this film as it held their attention and provoked an interesting family discussion. You can rent it through Amazon and if you have Amazon Prime there is no charge for the rental.
I wanted to share a piece I just wrote for Momsgonnafindout, a great web site which offers moms ideas on ways to make money, save money and have fun too!
“Teaching kids about money is not easy. Watching parents plunk down a credit card time and again is an incredibly abstract idea for a kid, and makes them think the card itself has value, with no connection to the idea of having a bill ever come. So how does one try to help them understand about saving and spending wisely? Here are a few tips I’ve found to be incredibly helpful with my own kids, who have very different styles and personalities in life and in terms of money. I’m no financial expert, but I have seen how my kids are starting to develop an awareness of money and its value”
Click here to read the full piece, on Momsgonnafindout.com.