My Halloween debacle…

Halloween is just around the corner and for some it’s a holiday filled with fun and imagination along with tons of sugar and unsafe ingredients that no one, especially small children should ingest. 

I know that when I was little no one really thought of the latter as a problem but raising my children is different. As a health coach and conscious parent I am struggling to decide how I want my kids to celebrate this holiday. On one hand, I want them to have fun and be free to choose what is right for their bodies, but on the other hand, my eldest is only 5 and I don’t feel like she is old enough to make important decisions about her health since 99% of the candy we will be getting will be full of chemicals, artificial ingredients and more, which cause depressed immune systems or worse. 

 

So how do you choose to navigate Halloween? There are a few ideas I got while perusing the internet and here are a few that I am going to discuss with my husband and once we have made a plan we will chat about this with my daughter. 

  1. Switching out candy with healthier options 
  2. Buying a book or small toy in exchange for the candy 
  3. Getting our own candy and not going trick or treating. 
  4. Teaching her there’s more to Halloween than candy. 

Along with these options, we will also be modeling how we will be choosing not to buy into the candy obsession by giving kids spare change instead of candy. 

What are your thoughts about this topic? How do you celebrate Halloween? 

 

The power of giving

The last few years I’ve been trying to shed a lot of things that are taking up space and energy in my home. In doing so, I’ve found a lot of things to donate. There are a few places that you can bring your unwanted items and people in need can nab them up for free. I’m always a huge fan of modeling this type of behavior along with talking to my littles about how important it is to take care of those in need. Not to toot my own horn, but a few weeks ago I was leaving work when a man asked me if I could buy him and his mother a burger. At first I told him I couldn’t do that because I didn’t have any cash, but then I remembered that my work badge will deduct any money spent in our cafeteria from our next paycheck. I bought two burgers for them and when I tried to leave to walk to my car he tried giving me a coin to offer something and I told him I couldn’t take it, he obviously needs it way more than I do. It felt so amazing to help feed someone… er, two people!! When I got home and sat down to dinner with my family I told them my story to explain how important it is for us to help when we get the opportunity. I’m so grateful for being able to help someone and I want to help others!
The best thing happened a few days ago. My daughter was make believing that she had a food stand and was just giving out free food to people. She never asked for “money” and if someone needed a job she let them work with her. This has inspired me further to figure out a way to feed our community. I don’t know how I’m going to do it yet but I am going to. It may only be a few people to start with and it my not be at this very moment but it will be soon. When we help each other, the world becomes a better place. When we live in an abundance mindset, it’s easy to give and receive.

So, if you have any ideas on how to help, please let me know! We are all trying to get by in this rat race and if we come together we can stop competing and just be.

Trust your gut

The last few weeks we have been teaching my son how to sleep on his own, in his own bed. I never thought I’d sleep train after the horrible experience I had with my daughter. Then, a mother of 4, who I am learning from recommended a woman who has a gentle approach to teaching our little ones how to get their much needed rest. She was advertising a discount at the time I was researching her and I figured for $50 I couldn’t resist. I thought at least I’d learn some interesting things. I listened to her videos which were relatively short and talked with my husband and we decided to try it out. I love co-sleeping, however when I have to work early I tended to wake him up waaaay too early!

The whole process can take as little as 3 weeks or more if you wanna go a little slower pace. It’s been a tough transition a few times because we went from co-sleeping to on his own. Since he’s our last baby I miss our night time cuddles but a good sleep routine is so important, especially for a growing child.

Finally, we got to the second to last phase and he slept 3 nights without nursing and the last night he slept a whole 11 hours! I was so excited! Then, last night he woke up every half hour starting at 130 and at 3 I told my husband I was going to bring him into our bed because something wasn’t right. Turns out he has an infection!! Poor baby! So, we will handle this and get back to our routine but until he’s better I’m enjoying the cuddles… even if I have to work a 10 hour shift on three hours of sleep.
My husband tried reassuring me that he was okay but I knew that something was not normal. He felt bad that he was wrong but we are both glad I trusted my intuition and went to him when he woke up the third time.
Have you ever not listened to your instincts? What did that look like? Ok the flip side, did you trust and listen to your intuition and how did that feel?

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