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Navigating News Events

Recently, I was at gymnastics watching my grandson when some parents began sharing their dismay of the violent events that occurred in Paris. They were wondering how to help their children navigate such sadness and devastation.  My go to guy is always Dr. Fred Rogers…yes Mr. Rogers. Even though, he doesn’t have the bells and whistles of the new children’s television shows, he is a renowned expert in Early Childhood. Let me share some of his insights with you. The children are keenly aware of their parent’s expressions and voices. They do KNOW something is wrong by watching and listening to the significant people in their lives. Media coverage is very confusing and scary for young children. The same video segment may be shown over and over again, for your child  these are separate events. Children can’t tell the difference between what is close and what is far away, what is real and what is pretend, or what is new and what is rerun. When there is tragic news, the images on TV are most often much to graphic and disturbing for young children.  Turn off the TV – perhaps watching it only after they have gone to bed would be best.   Here is the gold nugget: “When your child does see scary things in the news, look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping. Children are comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world. Help your children focus on the helpers.”

By |2019-11-19T10:13:48-06:00November 17th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Thanksgiving Indeed!

In just a few short days the Holiday season begins. Thanksgiving! I love everything this special day represents. Sitting down with friends and family to celebrate the goodness of God, I mean really could there be anything better? As a child this would be my day. I awoke to the amazing aroma of turkey roasting in the soon to be over crowded oven and the sounds of The Macy's Day Parade on TV. I was so excited the year my parents bought a color TV set. WOW, Santa never looked so good!! In our poor overworked oven, Mom would bake the most delectable sage dressing, ummm..., then there was the sweet potatoes with the melty golden and, yes sometimes burnt marshmallows on top, the traditional green bean casserole and the cornbread and corn casserole, and not to forget the pull apart dinner rolls (which actually we would forget often and we smelled the evidence of forgetting them!!). Of course, then we had sides, many, many side dishes, jello salad (ewww), tossed salad, broccoli and cauliflower salad, three bean salad the list is endless!! The Seley and McEachern families knew how to celebrate with food! What I love remembering most, however, is working in the kitchen with my mom, my aunts and family friends before the meal and (as odd as this may sound) during the clean up. I was the chief of putting away all dried dishes, and while I was doing my "job" I would hear the laughter, stories, and dreams for the future. Sometimes there were tears of missing someone that couldn't be with us, like when my brother was in the Navy, or the first holiday after a family member had passed. Even [...]

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