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Inside Highlights® May 2018

Dear Highlights Your Kids’ Letters, Our Replies

Highlights 4Cs

Curious, Creative, Caring, and Confident™
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Another month, another opportunity for growth
Inside Highlights® May 2018: Dear Highlights
What Kids Learn
  • A way to head off teasing
  • How to solve a sibling problem
  • What to do to start a neighborhood project

Every month, kids write to the Highlights editors for help solving life’s little challenges. To see what’s on kids’ minds right now, check out Dear Highlights on page 42 of the May 2018 issue, or read the recaps here. Think your child could have a similar concern? Use the prompts that follow to break the ice.

Recap: Reader Laney from Montana is worried that her classmates will make fun of her because she has to use an inhaler.We suggested that Laney let her classmates know an inhaler is an amazing device that delivers medicine to her lungs. We also encouraged her not to be embarrassed, and advised her to ignore the taunts if the teasing continues.

Q’s for your kid:

  • Do you know anyone who’s been teased because he or she has to use an inhaler, wear braces, or take medicine?
  • How do you think teasing makes this person feel?
  • What could you do to help someone who’s constantly teased by others?
  • What would you say, or do, if you were the one being teased? Would you talk it out? Get an adult involved?
Recap: Writing from Indiana, reader Darian says he’s miffed because his foster brother won’t play with him, even though he promised. We told a very disappointed Darian that he might talk to his brother, explain how he feels, and work out a scheduled time to play together.

Q’s for your kid:

  • What do you like to do when you’re with your siblings—make crafts, play sports and games, watch movies, or just hang out?  
  • How do you decide what to do, when to do it, and how much time to spend together?
  • What kinds of activities get in the way?
  • What would you say to a friend who promised to sleep over and then canceled? How would you feel—sad, hurt, OK?
Recap: Creative Kateri, from Washington, wants to put on a neighborhood play but doesn’t know how to do it. We suggested she ask her neighbors if they would like to participate and how they’d like to be involved. Once she has all her actors, costume crew, and set designers, they can decide together what to perform, where to perform, and when to practice!

Q’s for your kid:

  • If you could have a part in a play, what would you want to be and why?
  • Do you have a favorite play you’d like to be in?
  • Would you rather be the star, a supporting actor, a costume designer, or something else?
  • Would you find it more exciting to “improvise”—make up your own story as you go along—or memorize a script someone else has written? Explain why.