9-11

Today fifteen years ago the world experienced something so tragic that even thinking back, watching images on TV, still sends chills through my body. There much talk and remembrance on this difficult day and it is important that we open up this reflection to our children in a mindful way. One of my favorite quotes is from the late great Fred Rogers that focuses on all the helpers and the power of togetherness.

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So in light of this historical date today’s book recommendations focus on the tragedy and on the amazing strength of those who helped in so many ways. The first and my personal favorite is Fireboat: Adventures of the John J. Harvey by Maira Kalman.

This was one of the first books that we introduced to our sons when they were learning about 9/11. It is a beautiful story of a retired fireboat who is called upon and demonstrates heroic acts despite being old and retired. This is a great story for younger aged children and focuses not only on the tragedy but the power of one small helper.

This next two books are geared for a bit older kids- late elementary early middle grades. 10 True Tales: Heroes of 9/11.

This book portrays 10 different Americans and their heroic tales around the attacks on the twin towers and the pentagon. And another from a popular series in our house I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 by Lauren Tarshis.

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This story is about a young boy, the son of a firefighter in New York City, and his gripping experience of that fateful day. Like many tragic historical fiction, this story shares a realistic point of view from a character that many young people can relate to.

I am a lover of historical fiction and I am so happy that this has passed down to my boys. We need to talk about history, not just in schools, or around homework but how it effects all of us today and what things were like if and when we experienced them.

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So today, I urge you to take a moment to think about and remember that day, 15 years ago, send love and light to those who lost and those who gave all they had. Share not only the story of sadness but that of hope and great love of those brave heroes.

Much love, and happy reading.

Let’s Talk Emotions

Often times we as parents are continuously trying to help our kids keep it together, manage busy schedules, and teach kindness in the hopes that they will grow up to be great human beings. These little people have a lot on their shoulders in today’s society and they experience big emotions so it’s really important to talk about them. Sometimes I hear people hushing concerns and emotions and telling kids not to worry, they will be okay, or that it’s all alright. Most times this comes out of love because truly, we do want them to be okay and alright. I believe it’s important for us to help kids name their emotions and what they are dealing with so that they can on one hand feel heard and secondly know what is going on for them is normal and how and what they can do to move through it.

Emotions

This is a topic that I could (and probably will) write multiple posts about but I’ll save some ideas for another day. Today I want to share two of my favorite emotions series. The first one is the Little Critter Books. Now these books are incredibly popular and have so many topics that you can choose that pertain to the emotion or feeling you’re trying to explore. In my house, anger, was a hot topic for one kid and forgetfulness the other. So we loved both I Was So Mad and I Just Forgot by Mercer Mayer.

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Often times we may focus on negative emotions and why we don’t want them or how to get rid of them. One of my sons is very emotional and experiences things quite deeply. Several years ago my intuitive mother got us a great set of books on many emotions, both positive and challenging. I would highly recommend these books by Trace Moroney for simple read aloud, young elementary aged children.
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This sweet little bunny experiences so many things throughout his life and he speaks simply and honestly about what he’s feeling. This character is easy to relate to and uses positive langue to talk about whoever someone may be feeling and most importantly what they can do about those feelings.

No matter if you share books about emotions and feelings or simply talk about them and how you experience things as a family I urge you to keep the dialogue flowing. Too often I see kids and even adults experience intense feelings and think they may be the only one out there dealing with this. We can start by sharing our own experiences and validate that emotions are real for us all and can be good or challenging or both.

Happy Reading!