No Tricks No Treats

carved pumpkin

31 of October. The day we celebrate everything ghoulish. Where parents let lose their children to demand treats from total strangers. I don’t know when Halloween started to be big in the UK because when I came over 20 years ago, I don’t remember seeing so many Halloween products plastered in every shop. But then it could just be me being me and totally oblivious to my surroundings back then.

I admit, I can see the fun side of Halloween. As you noticed from the picture I pasted on this post, I carved a pumpkin. I did it for my little girl to take to nursery where they will have a little party at the end of the day. I bought her a cheap costume as she said she wanted to be a witch this year. I brought ghoulish shaped ginger biscuits to work. And as I’ve carved a pumpkin, I will be using the pumpkin flesh to make pumpkin pie.

But one thing I will not take part in or encourage my little girl to do is trick and treating.

Why would I want my little girl to go out and harass strangers for this one day when on any other day my advise to her is be friendly but be careful with strangers?

Why would I want my little girl to collect all the sweets, chocolates and other sugary things under the sun for this one day when on any other day I limit her intake of sugared goods?

Why on earth should I open my door to kids demanding sweets or, if I don’t have sweets, money when on any other day they would not dream of doing so unless they are mugging me?

Apart from that, I do think that Halloween is fun as I love carving pumpkins, making pumpkin pie and seeing my little girl getting excited about her costume and her party.

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Absent at Term Time

I was listening to a radio talk show and one of the topic was about a mother getting fined for taking her son off school for a couple of weeks. She was getting married in the Caribbean and wanted her son to give her away. She gave the school one year notice about this and the school rejected her request. She still took her son off school and was fined £50. Out of ‘principle’ she refused to pay and she was taken to court and now she has to pay around £500.

The radio presenter was agreeing with the mother and some listeners agreed with him, saying that the price for a holiday may go up by £1,000 during school holidays.

One listener agreed with the mother taking the son off school but said that she should have paid the fine and left it at that.

What would I do?

I think as my mom was a teacher and to me education is important, I don’t think I would take my child off school. By taking a child of school, what do you teach the child? That it is OK to go against authority?

Yes, the world is your oyster and you will learn a lot by traveling to different parts of the world. But education is important!

I don’t remember ever being taken out of school during school term. I was lucky enough to be able to travel and even if I didn’t, I had really good education at school that even though I have never been to Japan, for my O-level equivalent, I did geography and answered really well on the Japanese seawater pearl cultivation.

My mom was a geography teacher and I had a really good geography teacher at school.

Of course I could understand taking a child out of school due to special circumstances is understandable but it is the school’s decision. If you decide not to abide with the school’s decision, you should then face the consequences.

To miss two weeks of education is a lot. If your child does not do well for his/her exam, I bet you will still blame the school.

There are kids in other parts of the world who hunger education. Please don’t take it for granted.