Hot topics this month:
The death of a pet, swimming lessons, activities for a long car ride, and mom-and-grandma clashes. The prompts below, along with your own probing questions, can boost your child’s ability to solve problems and make responsible decisions.
Alex from Virginia wrote about the death of a family pet, and asked us how to get over it. To help our reader focus on happier times, overcome the loss, and preserve the memories, we suggested creating a written journal, or a photo album of favorite pictures.
Q’s for your kids: What would you do if you lost a family pet or someone else who was important to you? Is it OK to feel sad or cry? What would make you feel better? Who would you want to talk to and why, and what would you say?
Luke from Ohio said he likes to swim but isn’t thrilled with the lessons his mom makes him take. We advised him that his mom has his best interests at heart—she wants him to be safe—and suggested he share his thoughts and concerns with her to reach an agreement or understanding.
Q’s for your kids: Why are swimming lessons so important? What things you can do to stay safe while swimming? Can you name two rules to follow around water? What should Luke do to solve his problem?
Kelsey told us her family is planning a very long road trip this summer and she is looking for fun ways to pass the hours. We encouraged her to pack plenty of books, games, music, crayons, markers, and pencils, and to play or invent creative games inspired by her surroundings.
Q’s for your kids: What games do you love to play on long car rides? If you were taking a trip, and you had no books, videos, or music to occupy yourself, how would you pass the time? What is your favorite family vacation? If you could go anywhere for any length of time, where would you go and what would you like to see? Who, and what, would you take with you?
Our reader, N., from Florida, is deeply concerned about her mom and grandma’s constant arguments. We told N. she could talk to her mom and grandma and tell them how she feels about their heated discussions. If that doesn’t calm things down, we said she could try listening to music or going to a different part of the house to avoid their disagreements.
Q’s for your kids: Have you ever had a serious disagreement with a friend or sibling? What was it about and how did you resolve the problem? Did you raise your voice or say something hurtful? What did you learn from the experience?