Children and Halloween in Bergen County

Halloween in Bergen County means fun, candy, and pretending, but three, four, and five year olds do not have a true understanding of fantasy and reality. Children can express fear around this holiday to indicate that they need help with sorting things out. When children express fearfulness, a parent can help best by being sensitive and supportive. Children’s emotional development can progress and regress at certain points. Kids may handle an emotion, such as fear, with some control one moment, and then the next day may exhibit no control over the same fear. One minute preschoolers may be thrilled with their choice of Halloween costume, and then the next minute

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Children and Finances in Bergen County – Teaneck, Oradell, and Ramsey

Morrisa Drobnick, LCSW, staff writer and advice columnist of “KIDS Magazine” answers questions about children and finances. Financial stress and family economics have always been a part of life. Introduce children early to financial cooperation and they will view themselves as important family team members. Make a conscious effort to teach the value of money early, using simple examples. Confronting harsh family realities is never easy, but it is nice to know that there are parents who are helping their children adapt positively. Q – We had such difficulty telling our kids about my husband losing his job. Seeing us depressed is not helping. We don’t want to scare them

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