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Helping Kids Cope
By ClassBrain Staff
Aug 14, 2011, 5:21pm
Coping through Creativity
One of the most important issues facing the nation in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks is helping our children cope. It is understandably difficult as we as adults cannot even grasp the enormity of the tragedy. How do we help our young children as were trying to help ourselves? Several important suggestions and plenty of sound advice is available for those concerned. Through creative outlets such as drawing pictures, writing poetry, telling stories, writing letters to rescue workers and writing letters about feelings, we can help children face the issues of todays world. Most importantly, kids are encouraged to voice their fears to parents, friends and teachers as a way to alleviate them. The sites below are just a sample of the myriad of available resources designed to ease the delicate task of restoring a feeling of security in our childrens lives.
Giggle Poetry - A funny site devoted to poetry for and from small children. Guaranteed to lighten the darkest mood!
Source: Giggle Poetry
The University of Michigan Health System A page including articles such as Helping your child to cope and How to help your child after a disaster.
Resources for Educators - A learning link devoted to articles, links and lesson plans to help children. Great for teachers!
Source: Education Planet
The United Way of America - Many pages are devoted to coping with tragedy but especially relevant here is the Family Activities section, Age Appropriate Responses and a list of further links for help.
Source: The United Way
Letters of Thanks Find out where to send letters of thanks to the rescue workers working at ground zero in New York City.
Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency
Kids Making a Difference Find out how to make a difference by either mailing letters to NY Firefighters, Children in NY and DC or the Mayor and people of NY. Add your work of art to the online gallery, or speak your mind in the peace forum.
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