Have you ever felt that your holiday was ruined and that you would remember it as the worst day ever? Can you do anything to change that?
I would love to share a story from one of my veteran RIE moms about her Halloween experience this year. The story of how they had a tough time at the beginning of the evening. And by the end of the evening, it was clear that they would absolutely remember it as a precious and sweet Halloween. Sharing with permission from Joan.
Last night was Halloween! I had great ideas about what would happen – had costumes prepared for the boys and it was going to be awesome! Peter decided last minute to change costumes. Then he had a fight with Sam and had a total meltdown; then he didn’t want to leave the house. And I was mad.
Papa and Sam left to go eat pizza and a trick or treat at our friend’s house. Meanwhile, I stayed home with Peter. I realized (after much huffing and puffing and fussing grown-up style) that I could still hand out candy. Also, enjoy participating in the holiday. Peter gradually warmed up to the idea. Afterward, the scout to tell me if kids were coming down the block. We had one family come, Peter, who handed out the candy. Then we sat for a while and he mentioned that he might also want to trick or treat. We shut down our house and walked up the block. Peter and I had the sweetest most intimate fun time as a two-person team. We walked and talked and really enjoyed each other. At the end of the night, he cuddled into me and said “What a great night he had”.
I’m so glad I was able to let go of my idea of how it should be. And I let my boy lead. Also glad that Papa was able to take Sam out and enjoy the more typical Halloween night.
Joan’s Halloween experience is a heartwarming tale of resilience and unconditional parental love. Despite the initial setbacks, Joan embraced the unexpected turns of the evening and allowed her son, Peter, to guide the way. In doing so, she transformed what could have been a disastrous holiday into a truly special and intimate moment between mother and son. This story reminds us that parenting often requires flexibility and the willingness to let go of preconceived notions, paving the way for unforgettable memories and cherished bonding experiences.
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