The problem with Halloween, from a dad's perspective

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  • jeanie orem, UT
    Oct. 30, 2013 5:25 p.m.

    This guy hit the nail on the head.

    From when our kids were very little, as parents, we approached the popular culture with a "prove to me you're worth inviting into our kid's lives first before we let you in" attitude. We regularly rejected the "gotta have -------” (Fill in "ripped jeans, pajama pants to school, flip flops, Barbies, gaming systems, cell phones, iPods, Facebook account, a car at 16..... Whatever was the going thing.) If we saw value in those things we would say ok. If not, it was a no-go in our home. We brought these kids into this world and would answer for how they were raised, not the popular culture.

    There were many discussions about what gave people worth and what was worth our (and their) time and money, how "popular" was defined, how businesses pushed certain looks, and "must haves" and why. It was powerful to pull back the curtain of what was 'in" and discuss it with our kids. The choices they made were really their choices and less driven by the need to conform to what the current "cool" was.