A few weeks ago we celebrated LP’s fourth halloween, and really his second halloween to involve any candy (although he did get about four treats last year).
This year was a bit of a milestone. LP is in preschool, and he has got the trick-or-treating concept figured out. He was a little shy at first, but as he made his way down the block he was more confident with his “trick-or-treat!” and more excited about the goodies he got. He also had fun picking out treats for IP to put her in trick-or-treat bag.
For the first time I can remember, LP was carrying around a ton of goodies that were decidedly not vegan. Earlier I had told him that he would probably get candy he couldn’t have, but that we could make cookies to have instead if he wanted. At the time he seemed interested, but as trick-or-treating actually happened, I was worried that sorting and taking away his candy might be more traumatic. Turns out, as with most of my parenting concerns, I needn’t have worried. When we got home, LP had a great time sorting through the candy and asking which ones he could have and which ones he couldn’t. Then, he ended up with his stash of Mike and Ikes, pretzels, raisins and lollypops, and gleefully tried to decide with TWO things he was going to have that night. I quietly took the rest of the candy away, and he never even asked about it. Or the cookies.
So, another halloween has come and gone in the Vegan Mama house, and all is well. LP’s favorite treat was the tiny box of raisins (he was soooo excited when someone was handing them out. I think he knew it was one of the things he was allowed to have). IP just had fun following her brother around and hanging on to her trick-or-treat bag (which she wouldn’t let me carry, even when it was so heavy she was dragging it on the ground). A good time was had by all!
So, here are just a few of the cute things the kids are up to these days:
LP: Sings the ABCs beautifully, gets regularly complimented on his sweeping abilities in preschool, reads books to IP, and always has just “one more question” at night before bedtime.
IP: Gives kisses and hugs, does “zen time” (a calming technique we used for LP), puts herself into time outs, sings many tunes always with a “ba ba,” and starts off every morning asking for “ear-real” (cereal).