We recently moved to Baton Rouge making this our first Mardi Gras. Well, technically not our first, my husband and I went with friends while in college. Needless to say after leaving I had that “been there done that feeling. I never imagined we would be living here and living through Mardi Gras season. Yes, this year I learned that Mardi Gras is not an event but a season.
I really wanted the girls to experience Mardi Gras but not “really” experience Mardi Gras. We were very happy that we were able to enjoy the season without exposing our girls to the “adult” side of Mardi Gras. I made a cute wreath, Audrey made a personal fable/fairy tale float for school, we had King Cake, went to parades and got tons of beads! We even used a few beads for a little decoration.
It’s difficult sometimes trying not to join in secular activities and living in Louisiana, Mardi Gras is everywhere (even in schools)! With a little work and planning we were able to give our kids piece of the experience. We made sure to tell them the reason behind Mardi Gras and explained that just because God forgives us does not mean we have to sin on purpose. Also that you never have to wait for a holy period to repent, God is always listening. I am a firm believer that a Godly lesson can be taught in every experience. I’ve been blessed with the ability to think quickly on my feet and take advantage of most opportunities to teach my girls about morals, values and expectations.
We are very thankful that Baton Rouge takes time to cater to families, it made planning for and enjoying “Slim Tuesday” just as enjoyable as all those who took part in Fat Tuesday.
When living in a new city, find out the mom connections, they always have the best suggestions on family friendly places and activities. Look for:
- local Parents magazines
- facebook pages for moms in your city.
- MOPs (mother’s of preschoolers) groups
- local churches
Here are some of our Slim Tuesday fun.