Respect Life Month: Respecting the Dignity of Children & Young People
Imagine yourself pausing in front of a design of great
beauty. Your soul quiets and is filled with wonder and awe.
If art, created by man, can evoke such a response within us, how much more is
the same wonder, reverence and respect due to each person we encounter,
who was handcrafted by the very God who spoke the world into being?
Now think of an artist stepping back from a great work of art and admiring hisor her creation.
When God created each of us, He did so with precision and purpose, and He
looks on each of us with love that cannot be outdone in intensity or tenderness.
Moreover, the Lord invites each of us to behold ourselves and each other withthe same wonder and awe.
No matter how the world might view us or others, let us treat each person as
the masterpiece that he or she is.
“Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the
poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to
live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.”
Pope Francis’ Day for Life Greeting
Fall is a great time of year to be outside and have fun with your children.
It is the perfect time to gather leaves, attend festivals, and learn about the changing seasons. As the weather gets colder and the days get shorter it is important to teach children how to be safe as they have fun.
Here are 20 ideas to stay safe and have fun in the fall
1. Play in the leaves with your child but make sure there is nothing in the pile that could hurt them.
2. Visit a local orchard and pick your own apples.
3. Go for a nature walk in the park to collect colorful leaves, pinecones, and acorns.
4. Cook hotdogs and marshmallows over a campfire. Be sure to teach your child about fire safety
and how to safely put out the campfire.
5. Talk to your child about some of the scary things they will see in neighborhood yards, in stores
and on TV. Let your child know they can always come to you when they are scared.
6. Watch the insects and animals around your house or apartment as they prepare for winter.
7. Let your child plan a fall party. Scavenger hunts, bobbing for apples, decorating pumpkins, and
making popcorn balls are fun fall activities.
8. Work with your child to rake leaves for an elderly neighbor or arrange a neighborhood clean
up, getting several families to work together.
9. Take a trip to the library and find books about Autumn.
10. Start a new family tradition. Bake a pie together, make a big pot of vegetable soup, toast
pumpkin seeds, visit the zoo, attend a fall festival, the options are endless!
If you celebrate Halloween:
11. Never let your child go treat‐or‐treating without adult supervision, even on your own street.
12. Help your child make their own Halloween costume. Make sure they can see well and won’t
trip over long or dragging hems.
13. Make sure your child’s Halloween costume can be seen in the dark. If not, add reflective tape.
14. Create your own “haunted house”. Be creative and let the kids help.
15. Build a scarecrow out of old clothes stuffed with straw, leaves or pillows.
16. Before trick‐or‐treating encourage your child to eat a healthy meal or snack, so they have
something to eat besides candy.
17. After trick‐or‐treating check your child’s candy to make sure it is safe to eat.
18. Let small children decorate their own pumpkin with paint or markers.
19. Monitor what your child watches on TV. Make sure scary movies are age appropriate. Even
talk to your teenage about scary movies. It is a great way to talk about being safe, making
good choices, and asking for help when you’re in trouble.
20. Spend time as a family having fun, enjoying nature, and building memories.
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For teens trick or treating without an adult, become familiar with each home your child visits and the people providing treats, teach them to be alert for & report suspicious incidents, and how to resisit potential attackers.
(National Center for Missing Kids)