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Hi, I’m Regan Barnes from Momivate, and this is your two-minute Mom Tip empowering you to elevate your mothering experience.
I’m going to share a Halloween story but don’t worry it’s not scary...
It features my now-eleven year old son, a precious memory from when he was just four. Our Halloween festivities started off with a “Trunk-or-Treat” activity in the church parking lot. This might be a local phenomenon so I’ll describe it briefly… participants drive their cars to a large parking lot and then open their trunks and decorate them. Then Instead of going door to door, children go from trunk to trunk, where the vehicle owner hands out their sweet offerings. My little guy greatly enjoyed gathering these goodies but the weather got pretty cold so we headed home once he was pleased with his amount of candy.
At home, we had ghouls and goblins knocking on our door yelling trick or treat, and this is when things got really fun for this sweet four year old boy!
He got so excited to have guests that *he* could give candy to! He opened the door and let them have candy out of his own loot bag!
I figured he was just too little to understand Halloween, so I re-directed him to the bowl of candy that we had purchased to give away, but each time he heard a knock, he opted to give from his own stash until it dwindled away to nothing, which seemed to be his goal: he was thrilled when all his treats were gone!
The joy on his face was the kind that only comes from selfless giving. His glow lit up the Halloween night! Better than any jack o lantern.
It may have only been matched by my glow as a proud mom watching this innate sense of happiness derived from making others happy!
I’ve tried to remember that example and apply it to my own life -- how selfless giving is the source of true joy. And hey, it might mean fewer cavities and calories, too!
Mama, look for lessons you can learn from your child’s innocence, then share if this practice elevates your mothering!
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