We are such procrastinators on pumpkin carving. Every year, we get it done the night before, at the last minute. Part of the reason is the amount of work. We let the kids design their own pumpkins, drawing out the face with a pen. We then sit and hollow all of them out, and do all the carving for the kids. Sometimes the kids help with the hollowing out, but they usually lose interest after about 30 seconds. It’s always been that way and we’ve never considered doing it differently. It’s one of those things that we (the adults) don’t really enjoy but we do it because the kids love it.
Well, this year was drastically different. And so much better. You see, I saw on social media last week that another family- with kids close in age to my own- had their kids carve out their own pumpkins. A total lightbulb went off in my head. Why didn’t I consider that? Surely a 10 and 7 year old are more than capable of handling the little pumpkin carving blades. I mean, it’s not like it’s a butcher knife. This is just another example of “how we’ve always done it” needs to change as the kids grow up.
Suddenly pumpkin carving wasn’t a chore. I only had to carve out the 4 year old’s pumpkin for her, instead of doing all of the pumpkins myself- she even did all the hollowing out herself. Dare I say, we actually had fun? The two big kids did all the hollowing work because they were excited to start cutting. And the pride in their eyes when they were finished! We actually made it through pumpkin carving with no frustration and no irritation. A huge win!
I need to step out and stop doing everything myself more often. Much more often.
Here’s the rest of the week- full stories are on instagram.