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From the Archives: Four (Now Five) Keys to Help Children in Troubled Times



The link below is to a post I wrote six years ago. Recently, my four and a half year old granddaughter asked, while we were playing by Facetime: “Are there big problems in the world?”  It took her mother and me by surprise and it was at the end of the call, so the moment passed. The next time we spoke,  I said  that I wanted to answer her big-girl question and told her about the hurricanes that had hit Texas and Florida and other areas over the past few weeks and how neighbors had come out with boats to help people get to safety and, when the water went down, people pitched in to help each other.

So, I would add: Tell stories of bravery in the face of real world hardship.

Once a child is in pre-school, even though the family doesn’t expose her to news reports, her companions will bring the news of the world right to the sand box.


Four keys to help children thrive in disturbing times:

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