Sutherland Springs, a town just southwest of our home in Austin, has joined a tragic list that tightens our stomachs and lowers our gaze. So, how do we talk to our kids about it?
Counteract out-of-date images of gender and identity and introduce new ones with storytelling!
Children are not good at understanding odds. Even if there is a tiny chance of something bad happening to them or someone they love, they will turn that tiny chance into a very likely chance.
So what would it look like if Christmas became twelve days?
But if you’ve experienced the dynamic of offering advice and it not being followed – then consider the alternative approach. Try saying nothing.
Since my imagination has room for the story of Santa Claus, the story is true.
People love stories. We are meaning-making beings – we are constantly wondering “why, why why?”
As a teacher, a father, and now a storyteller, I have searched for better and more effective stories for the children in my life — and I found three that might surprise you.
Story telling with strong metaphors and images can be much better than falling down the rabbit hole of explanation.
When you tell a story rather than lecturing or explaining, you speak the language of childhood.
If we are feeling vulnerable, helpless, angry, and grief-stricken, then how are our children feeling?
As a man who built a culture out of children’s television, would he be against Screen Free Week? It’s hard to know. Bud David Sewell McCann has some thoughts on that.
Slow and steady wins more than just races.
David Sewell McCann will happily lose some sleep if it means teaching his children that “Life is Fun.”
Some people are just sensitive. The barrier between them and the world is particularly thin, and it allows a lot more ‘stuff’ in.
We have reached the final step in our Superhero training. You have paid attention and kept your eyes open. You have opened your heart and believed what was happening. You did something brave and found your powers. And now—the fourth step.