Writing a letter to your confirmation candidate

It seems that one of the biggest events in confirmation preparation in this country is the letters of support to be given to the confirmation candidates during their mandatory retreats.

I have three such letters saved on this blog:

Confirmation letter to my daughterConfirmation letter to my fourth sonConfirmation letter to to my third son
I've asked my children what they remember about the letter they got from me and their dad, and also what they remembered about the letters they received. 
The answer was not much, or at least nothing specific. In general they were happy to have gotten a bag full of letters and there was a sense of feeling loved and supported. I guess that's the main thing - for them to have a sense that this is an important step in their spiritual growth, and that people they know, love and respect have taken the time out of their lives to let them know that! So here are some tips on procuring and writing letters for young confirmation candidates. Start thinkin…

One more thought on trick or treating

I'm also reading in a lot of blogs and forums that parents are disturbed about their children getting all of this candy for free and not working for it. I guess I would argue that if a kid has put some thought and energy into coming up with a good costume and is willing to walk around carrying a couple pound bag of candy, they are working for it! LOL!!

But I see Trick or Treat as an opportunity for my kids to serve!! Adults who are willing to participate in Halloween enjoy it! They WANT to give out candy because they enjoy seeing the children and having some interaction with them. My children usually have to explain their costumes a little bit and we've always had great feedback on that. One year, Gabe dressed up as St. Nicholas complete with the vestments and mitre. The lady who opened the door said, "Oh look!! It's the Pope!!" We all got a good laugh out of it.

On Saturday my kids went trick or treating at my mom's retirement home. The residents there were all thrilled to have the children come. Some of them really put a lot of effort into decorating their places and some even put on costumes themselves. A couple of the older ladies had costumes on their dogs (one was a bumble bee and the other a pumpkin) and that absolutely delighted my baby girl!

By letting my children participate in this, we were serving each other and I think that is always good!

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  1. My oldest is only 6, so we have only been really trick-or-treating for three years.

    What we have done so far is to take the children to a Halloween "event" such as at the local zoo for their trick-or-treating. This is always held on the Sunday afternoon before Halloween.

    Then, on real Halloween, my husband takes whoever is old enough just around the block to the houses, and then they pass out candy for me the rest of the time.

    All three years, they have thought that passing out the candy was the best part, and I'm glad that it has helped them learn the joys of giving.

    It also has helped me by keeping them out of the worst of the cold (we live up north, and it is COLD by 5 pm when trick-or-treating starts), and also lets me keep the baby on his regular going to bed schedule.

    As our kids get older, we might change things around, but so far, it has worked out really well to do things this way.

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