But wait…Your kids aren’t interested in these topics at the moment?
There’s still plenty to learn from reading about other children—discussing the letters kids write and our responses, and earnestly evaluating the advice we give, because one day your kids may be able to use it, too. You can find our Dear Highlights feature on page 42 of the November issue. If you’re short on time, check out the summaries below and then use the prompts that follow to open the lines of communication.
Hot Topics this Month:
Growing up too fast, being creative, and teasing.
Haddie from Washington is growing up too quickly for her liking—and she wishes she could remain a kid forever. We reminded Haddie that growing up is a gradual process and that the future will bring many exciting adventures (like going to college and learning to drive!). We also mentioned that many adults still feel like kids!
Q’s for your kids: What’s scary about growing up? What are you looking forward to? What will you miss about being a kid?
Liam from Pennsylvania is crazy about fantasy books and he dreams of writing his own stories. He just doesn’t know how to start! We encouraged Liam to let his imagination run wild: the more memories, feelings, words, ideas, and personal experiences he can jot down, the more material he’ll have to create a world of his own.
Q’s for your kids: How do you express your creativity—for example, through music, art, fashion, dance, or writing? What inspires you to create? Are there other forms of self-expression you would like to try?
E-mailer Tiona’s classmates mock her for being the slowest runner in the class. We told Tiona to try to ignore the teasers or to respond to their mean words with kindness, perhaps surprising them into silence. We also encouraged Tiona to talk to a parent or teacher if the teasing doesn’t stop.
Q’s for your kids: What types of things do kids at school get teased about—for instance, wearing something new, not doing well in math, or failing to catch a ball? What does your teacher do if she hears one child teasing another? Can you name some people you would feel comfortable confiding in if someone teased or bullied you?