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This week's question: What are your kids dressing up as? How do you pick Halloween costumes? And have you ever run into the situation of your kids wanting to dress up as something you don't approve of?
Michele Gorham: So, as luck would have it, the girl across the street had an 80's dance party for her birthday a couple weeks ago. Got any guesses what my little girls will be for Halloween? That's right, little 80's rockers! At least that's the plan at the moment...
We used to put a lot into going out and buying those fancy costumes, but as the girls got older we realized, for them, it's more about running through the neighborhood dinging the bell and the neighborhood candy swap that follows. The truth of it is, I don't see the point in spending $10, $20, (or the more realistic) $30 on a costume that will be used once, covered by the jacket they will need to wear and most likely get destroyed during the after-party. Thankfully, if the girls can do something crazy with their hair and slap on an inappropriate amount of makeup, they're pretty happy.
The girls are known to be reserved with what they choose to dress as...although I have a feeling that will change as the get closer to high school. But for now, I'll revel in the fact that my girls are still young, and have no problem dressing their age.
Wendy Bulawa Agudelo -- Wendy is the mother to three young children (5 and under) — including a set of twin boys. In her spare time, she is an avid features writer covering a broad array of parenting topics from special needs to travel with infants. During the day, she earns her stripes as an entrepreneur, operating both a public relations consultancy as well as a targeted theme gift basket business, Period Packs, which celebrates a young girl's foray into womanhood.
Michele Gorham -- Michele is the wife of a Methuen firefighter and mother of two little girls. As the owner of Cookie Central, she is an avid supporter of Share Our Strength and a community leader for MerchantCircle.