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Trunk or Treat 2018

Would you help us be a safe and fun place for our community on Halloween?
We have many and varied opportunities to volunteer at Trunk or Treat or after. The event will be open to the public from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Our Available Areas to serve are:

Trunks-dress up, decorate a trunk, hand out candy and have fun! Expect to be there the whole evening, we will have people to relieve you for breaks when needed.

Trunk support– keep the trunks supplied with candy and relieve people at trunks when they need a break.

Info Desk– provide direction, answer questions, help check in volunteers as shift changes.

Lost Children station– Play with any kiddos who lose their parents until they can retrieve them.

Food Truck Support– Wrapping and Distributing Hotdogs, Keep up on cleanup and keep supplies stocked

Facilities– Keeping our building looking good, handling accidents, and keeping bathrooms stocked

Inflatables– Big- Help the kiddos six and older get on and off, regulate numbers, and keep them safe

Inflatables-Little– help our little ones who are five years old and under have fun in their own space with their own inflatables and their own music

Greeter– Hand out parent bags and help people find the areas they are looking for

Parking-our parking lot will be hoppin’, help us keep it safe and smooth.

Drinks– Help make and keep our drinks full. We will have coffee, hot water for hot chocolate and apple cider packets as well as lemonade.

Afterwork– Folding up and putting away the inflatables;

Next day work – Reset all the chairs for the weekends services and or Cleaning the building.

The “S” Word

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I don’t write often about discipline online because it’s a great way to have an argument with strangers. I feel like in general we have enough yelling on the Internet and I don’t need to contribute more.

Parenting is fraught with controversial topics and discipline is certainly on that list. But today, I wanted to share one thing that I think we can all agree has no place in parenting.

Shame.

Now we could have a long, boring conversation about healthy guilt and owning the consequences of your actions, but that’s not what I’m talking about right now.

I’m talking about leaving shame out of your discipline. More specifically, I’m talking about not shaming your kids in front of their friends.

I saw this happen recently. A parent had to discipline their 14-year-old and went out of their way to do it in front of their son’s friends. The whole thing was pretty difficult to watch. Why is this so harmful?

Well, for starters, the shame blinds the kid from actually changing their behavior. Shame is loud and neon. Instead of being able to fix the situation, the kid gets this tidal wave of shame that blocks out everything else. It’s hard to learn from your mistakes when shame is screaming at you. It also turns minor offenses into seemingly terrible situations. Shame exaggerates what has actually happened. And last but not least, a middle schooler already carries a load of shame around just by the nature of their season of life. You don’t need to add more.

The problem the parent was mad about wasn’t a big deal. It was minor, right up until they decided to handle the punishment essentially on a stage for all to see.

What should they have done?

They should have pulled the kid aside. They should have talked quietly. They could have even discussed the issue a few hours later. Young kids need to be disciplined in the moment or they get confused. Teenagers can receive discipline after the specific event just fine. (This is not new information either. Every parent on the planet has removed a misbehaving kid from a restaurant at some point.)

Discipline is not easy. It’s definitely one of the many challenges of parenting. When possible though, don’t punish your kids in a way that shames them in front of their friends.

The effect of doing that ruins anything good that might come from the discipline.

I promise.

-Jon Acuff