Halloween Tips for Building Neighborhood Connections & Supporting Children

halloween old imageHalloween is a perfect time to build connections in your community! Let’s make Halloween an asset-building experience for children by helping them feel more connected to their community. The Search Institute does it again in helping to frame this fun holiday as a way to support children! It’s easy and just these few ideas will make BIG difference for our kids!

11 Halloween Tips for Building Neighborhood Connections

  • If you don’t know the kids who come to your door, ask their names and grades in school.
  • Compliment (or get scared by) their costumes.
  • Ask the child a question or talk to them briefly before you give a treat.
  • Turn on a light so children will be safe.
  • Intervene if trick-or-treaters become disrespectful or damage property.
  • Invite kids with parents you know to come in for a short visit. (Don’t invite kids you don’t know inside.)
  • Offer to take a busy parent’s child or children out along with yours.
  • Share treats that reflect your culture or values.
  • Get together with neighbors to decorate together. (Make it more fun for kids and get to know neighbors at the same time.)
  • Remember to greet kids the next day–when they don’t have costumes on!
  • Consider making a special treat bag (with extra treats or extra surprises) for the children who live nearest to you. When these children arrive, make a fuss about them coming and say you have something extra special for them.

Want to share this with your neighbors and friends? Here is a handout: 11 Halloween Tips for Building Neighborhood Connections

Do you have other ideas for creating a safe, welcoming, community-building experience for kids? Please share!

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And the winner of the Boba G3 is…

Boba G3Congratulations Dillon Kenyon, you are the winner of a Boba G3! Dillon, choose a fabric style by heading to the Boba Family website. Then email me your fabric choice and contact information @ Boulder4Families@gmail.com. Get me the details and I will ask the great folks at Boba to send one out to you ASAP!

And don’t forget to sign up for Boba’s upcoming Healthy Babywearing Class. It’s FREE and will give you a lot of support if you already love to wear your babies or if you just want to learn more about it!

Happy Babywearing To All!

Cheers, Amanda

 

Baby Wearing: Get Into It! [Free Class and Boba G3 Carrier Give Away]

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I know we are in Boulder so for many of us baby wearing is an integral part of our lives. It has not always been like that and it certainly is not like that in other parts of the country. Of course as soon as you cross the border [especially South of the border] you find baby wearing is simply a part of life. Baby wearing is not simply a fad. There are amazing benefits to baby wearing for both parent and child. Don’t worry, Boba G3 give away details are below.

  • Baby wearing benefits for the baby: babies cry less, get better sleep, learn more, are happier.
  • Baby wearing benefits for the parents: enhanced communication between parent and baby, is convenient, encourages weight bearing exercise, allows you to move around on all different terrain

I want to introduce Boba. They are a local Boulder, mom-owned, company that has been helping parents connect to their babies and young children. I knew they were a great company when I met their well traveled founder in a mutual friend’s studio, where she was creating pottery on a wheel when she was approximately 10 months pregnant. She told us stories of traveling with her young children and clearly baby wearing was a passion! The Boba Family lives the life and promote baby wearing for all the great benefits it bring to families. You can find more detail on the benefits of baby wearing from Boba’s founder here.

In April, Boba is offering a FREE Healthy Baby Wearing Class through the YMCA. If you are interested you can learn more and sign up here.

Boba.BabywearingClass.OnlineImageBoba G3 Give Away: Want to win a Boba G3 Baby Carrier like the one on the top photo? You get to pick the color. Learn more about the Boba G3 here. To win here is what you need to do:

1. Leave a comment here about your experience with baby wearing or your question about baby wearing AND…

2. Go to our Facebook page and “like” the page. Click here to find BoulderFamilies on Facebook.

3. Voila! You are entered to win a Boba G3, a $120 value.

4. All “entries” must complete steps 1 & 2 to be entered. Entries must be complete by March 31, 2013. Check back April 1 to see if you won! Enter now!