Hosting a leprechaun

leprechaunhouse

Riley loves holidays, so the minute Valentine’s Day ended…we moved on to St. Patrick’s Day.  We talked about four leaf clovers, our Irish roots, and what that pot of gold really contains (she guessed happiness – love her).  But when she began peppering me with questions about leprechauns I realized that I didn’t really have any good answers at all.

So we did a little research.  I am now officially fascinated by leprechauns and on a mission to correct their somewhat bad reputations.  While they are known to enjoy an occasional practical joke, they are definitely not as mean as some might have us believe.  They simply don’t like to be tricked by humans.  Is that so wrong?

Anyway, by the end of our exhaustive research I came to the following conclusion:  Leprechauns make a good metaphor.  When you treat leprechauns with trickery and teasing, they trick and tease you back.  When you treat leprechauns with kindness, they return the favor.

Riley and I decided to treat the leprechauns with kindness and attempt to host a leprechaun of our very own.  And you can read all about it on moonfrye.

See you there!

P.s. Cute and easy craft included.  Enjoy!

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Katie Hurley is a Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychotherapist and Parenting Expert in Los Angeles, CA. She works in private practice in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, writes for PBS Parents, Washington Post Parents, and the Huffington Post. She is the author of "The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World" (Tarcher/Penguin, 2015) and the forthcoming "No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girls" (Penguin Random House, 2018)