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Inside Highlights April 2018

Dear Highlights: What Kids Wanted to Know This Month (and What We Said)

Highlights 4Cs

Curious, Creative, Caring, and Confident™
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Take a look at the letters we get from kids like yours.
Inside Highlights® April 2018
When Highlights fans need help solving everyday problems, we encourage them to face their challenges with confidence and sensitivity.

Check out the latest letters from kids on page 42 of the April 2018 issue, or read the recaps below. Then use the prompts that follow to start a conversation with your child.

E-mailer Campbell doesn’t want to play the games his younger sister wants to play with him, but he feels bad hurting her feelings. We encouraged him to have a heart-to-heart with her and explain he’d like to play games they would both enjoy. We also reminded him that as a role model for his sister, he should continue to treat her with kindness, no matter what.

Q’s for your kids:

  • What are some interests and activities you’ve outgrown since you were a little kid?
  • Why don’t you enjoy doing those things as much now as you did?
  • How do you and your friends decide what to play together?
  • Does everyone vote on one thing to do, or do you take turns trying each of the suggestions?
Nora from North Dakota is frightened of her basement and wants to conquer her fear—especially because her two younger siblings aren’t as afraid as she is. We suggested that Nora and a parent look around her basement with the lights on—that might make the basement seem less scary! It also might help to take a deep breath or sing loudly when she goes downstairs to help calm her nerves.

Q’s for your kids:
  • Is there a room in the house that makes you feel afraid? What about it frightens you?
  • Describe a time when you overcame a fear. What helped the fear go away?
  • How would you feel if you were afraid of something that someone else wasn’t scared of?
  • Do you think singing, or breathing deeply, would make you feel less afraid of something? What else could you do?
A girl at school says Maura and her friend look like boys because they have short haircuts, and the taunts make them feel bad. We advised Maura to calmly let her classmate know she can wear her hair whatever way she wants. We reminded her to be true to herself and to be comfortable with who she is.

Q’s for your kids:
  • If a classmate wanted you to change your hair or the way you dress, what would you do or say?
  • Has anyone ever tried to make you change who you are or how you look?
  • Why is it important to be true to yourself, no matter what others think?
  • What do you like most about the way you look or who you are? Is there anything you want to work to improve or change?