Outfit should be treat, not a trick
Struggling with your kid about their costume choice? You’re not alone.
Children should not be allowed to charge ahead with a poor or risque costume. “It’s essential for parents to get involved in costume choices, especially for younger children who may not have the cognitive or emotional resources to exercise good judgment independently,” says clinical psychologist Dr. Michael Oberschneider, of ashburnpsych.com.
Remember that your child or teen’s costume choice is a personal statement. Oberschneider says that how your child or teen is seen in the world by others should be important to you as parents, and parents need to make sure that their child’s selfimage and personal representation in public becomes important to them as well.
Before rushing to the definitive “no,” talk things out. “It’s more important for your child to understand why their costume choice may not be a good one than it is to simply nix it. Bad costume choices are teachable moments for parents,” says Oberschneider.
He adds that religious themed costumes, costumes that depict culturally sensitive topics, racially charged or race laden costumes or costumes that are overly aggressive or sexual should be avoided for children and teens.