As I write this, in my little house in Indiana, I’m half-waiting for another tornado warning to sound off. Today, we’ve had two warnings so far. Having grown up in Indiana, I’m quite used to such warnings and know what to do. Story, on the other hand, panics a bit. I can’t blame her. She has seen pictures and videos of the destruction tornadoes can cause, and she’s lived through one — though she was only about a year old when it happened and she slept through the whole thing — that caused quite a bit of damage to our house.
Nurture Her Nature
The past two months have been full of transitions. Riley started kindergarten and adjusted to all of the changes that came with it. Maddie adjusted to Riley’s adjustments and then adjusted to her own transition as she moved up to ABC Academy, the preschool building of her daycare. I am happy to say that after our long period of transition, the girls have spent the last month in their element. (more…)
Story has always been a social child who tried her best to make her own social calendar, inviting others to our house (once a homeless man) and inviting herself to others’ houses. I have finally succeeded in gaining control of her social calendar, but now we have a new problem: the phone. She has begged for her own phone relentlessly since last year (first grade), when her buddy got his own. Well, that’s not happening for quite some time yet, so she’s done the next best thing: handed out my phone number.
This week, we took a little break. Fall Break to be exact. Since Riley started kindergarten, it was our very first one. Since the school calendar is full of breaks that are not observed in the real world, I had two choices: put her in an all-day camp or take a mini vacation. Needless to say, mini vacation won out. (more…)
By Alex Robbins
How children handle the loss of a loved one depends on the child’s age and her relationship with the deceased individual. The support she receives also plays a big part in how she handles the loss. Losing a loved one can have a significant impact on children, and they need an adult’s guidance. If you’re an adult helping a child deal with the grief of losing a loved one, there are things you can do to help her understand what’s happening and find a way to move forward. (more…)