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Halloween

Halloween is one of the favorite holidays of all children. Help your child enjoy it.

First, young children need you to buy or put together their costume. Try to get it ready in advance. If you attend one Halloween party or parade at school you’ll have more costume ideas that you can ever use.

Second, let your child participate in the fun and excitement of Trick-Or-Treating. You’ll probably want to guide them towards homes of their friends or people you know.

Third, if you feel uncertain about the safety of your neighborhood, it’s O.K. to check the candy, but try not to burden you child with these concerns until he goes out alone.

Fourth, make a decision about how your child will eat his treats. If he ate a good dinner, how much candy he eats on Halloween night really doesn’t matter. Get him to promise you that he’ll not eat any more before breakfast.

In summary, children really look forward to Halloween and Trick-Or-Treating. With a little planning on your part, it can live up to all of their expectations.

During Dr. Schmitt’s 20 years as a medical practitioner and researcher, he has published over 100 articles or chapters on pediatric health care, and has been awarded the distinguished C. Anderson Aldrich Award by the American Academy of Pediatrics for outstanding contributions to the field of child development. Schmitt has also authored five books including Your Child’s Health, which won Child Magazine’s first Hall of Fame Award in 1991. Schmitt is also a professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and on staff at The Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado.

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