Embracing Your Child’s Self-Expression at Halloween

October 29, 2015
family, inspiration


With Halloween in just a few days, our kids are putting on pirate eye patches, witches hats, and ballet slippers. Halloween is festive, fun, and all about expression. It gives children a chance to pretend to be something different than they are. It could be something they aspire to be, something they love to do, or something they think is just plain fun.

But what do you do when your child’s Halloween choice might not be what you expected? In this case, a boy wanted to dress up as Elsa for Halloween. Dad’s response: “Game on!”

The story of this Dad unflinchingly supporting his son is such a beautiful act of love and kindness. Our young children are delicate, and it is our job to provide a strong support system of unconditional love. Let them know they can be whatever or whoever they want, and that we will always be there for them. Anything they want to be is beautiful!

The comments on this father’s Facebook page were overwhelmingly positive. Many families shared photos of their boy dressed as a princess, or their daughter as Spider-Man. It is wonderful to see so many families embracing the fun of Halloween and letting their children be whatever they want!

It’s easy to worry that other kids might tease, and to prevent this hurt, you may think to discourage your child’s unconventional costume. But it is so beautiful to let your child feel confident about their choice and that they have the ability to express themselves.

They are being bold and brave – join them in their creativity! Have fun and soak up the love of this special season and moment of childhood! The moments, these moments, can make all the difference.


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