Not only is it fun, but it’s also good for their health!

Boy laying on the ground with a mock scared look on his face.
Author’s Photo

My kiddos love all things spooky, including a wholesome startle.

Recently, I discovered that “surprise scares” release happy hormones. I don’t need to worry that I’m scarring them for life–this is wellness!

Here are my 3 favorite scare tactics:

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OMG…I missed my doctor’s appointment!

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Big deal. Happens to all of us, right?

Hmmm…well, it seems to happen to more of us than others.

I screwed up and didn’t record it on our family calendar, create an Outlook event, nor use a handy dandy post-it.

But, I’m not sure those…

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Maybe it’s ADHD.

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Maybe not. And really…does it matter?

To me, yes.

My recent ADHD combined type diagnosis helps me decode a lifetime of confusing behaviors.

It helps me understand how the valedictorian left school during 7th period (we had 8), plopped on her couch with a bag of Doritoes…

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Midwestern weather teaches you to be flexible and grateful.

American Robin’s nest with four bright blue eggs nestled in a bush with pink flowers.
Author’s Photo

You can don a fleece hoodie at 8 a.m. and need to shed it for a tank top by noon.

You learn to keep gloves and sunscreen in your car at all times…you could need both in the same day.

Like…

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These pink shoes haunt me.

Pink Jefferson Native shoes, slip ons with white bottom sole.
The shoes my son wanted

My 5-year-old son loved all things pink.

He loved Skye, the pink-clad girl dog, from Paw Patrol. He slept with a pink plush tiger and Jigglypuff remains his favorite Pokémon.

My husband and I had always encouraged his individuality. Then, he started Kindergarten.

My son…

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Adrienne Parkhurst

Adrienne Parkhurst

Mom. Wife. Writer. Editor. Healthcare Freelance Writer. Lifetime Learner. Flawed Leader. Sharing my life lessons through personal essays and memoirs.