How to Help Children Deal with the Sandy Hook Tragedy
As the awful news from Sandy Hook surfaced, most adults immediately began asking “How should we help children cope?” It is a terrible irony that as we learned about the murder of children, most of us immediately thought about how to protect our children.
What Is Best for Young Children
At AcornDreams, we focus on supporting young children. Experts agree; children younger than 7 should be told as little as possible about an event like this. They are too young to understand and process the information.
Shield young children from news coverage, avoid detailed discussions in their presence, and answer questions they ask with carefully considered answers. If young children are fearful, acknowledge that it is scary. Remind young children that they are safe right now. [ more… ]
It’s Never Too Early to Show Children the Joys of Giving
The “Gimme” Attitude
Lots of people love to talk about children being spoiled today, being raised with a sense of entitlement. Usually, we’re talking about other people’s spoiled children but not always.
Did Socrates have specific children in mind when he observed: “The children now love luxury…have bad manners, contempt for authority…disrespect to their elders….” ?
During the busy month of December, many caring adults work very hard to create special traditions and choose perfect gifts that will delight children – who will then appreciate and remember warm holiday experiences. You know, we’re making memories! It’s a lot of work.
What Really Makes Children Happy
How frustrating and disappointing when instead of sweet gratitude and general contentedness, children instead look around for ANOTHER present or are cranky or get overstimulated by our memory-making activities. [ more… ]
We’re proud to know and work with Program Director Gail Nachimson and the educators of the Jawonio Preschool in New City, New York. Following Hurricane Sandy, they have opened their doors to families who need a warm, dry and safe place to go with their children. Hang in there, our thoughts are with you.
We’re interested in helping children grow up healthy and strong.
Growing strong kids can be hard these days. The right tools make any job easier. AcornDreams.com offers resources, support, and information for helping children grow up strong, healthy, and ready to flourish.
July is National Picnic Month. Planning a picnic with children involves brainstorming and making choices – great skills for life! What sandwich? Which fruit will travel well? What toys should we bring? Even a picnic in the back yard or in another room is fun for children. Pack water and hand sanitizer– you’re good to go.