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Rosie to the Rescue: How Do You Explain a Hurricane to Kids?

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Rosie Pope and FamilyCheck out blog posts by Rosie Pope, star of Bravo’s “Pregnant in Heels,” every week at Parents.com! 

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, I’m left answering lots of questions from my 4-year-old. We live in New York City, and have a beach house on the Jersey shore. My husband and I went into the storm with optimism, minimizing the threat of a hurricane and the possible damage, because I simply didn’t want my big boy to worry. So while we talked a little about the winds and the waves, we focused more on the fact that we’d be able to stay home, play, and bake plenty of cookies. Still, with the nonstop reporting that we were all hooked to during the last few days, he witnessed a lot of the devastation on TV. We then received the news that we were going to lose our beach house, due to the water surge on the coast. So my son heard us talking extensively to neighbors, friends, and family.

Knowing how attached my son was to the house, I decided to address this disaster and use it as an opportunity to talk about what really matters. It’s so easy to focus on the disappearance of things and the overwhelming loss so many are feeling today, as they have lost their homes, and for some, so much more. My son’s focus was on what matters in his 4-year-old world: his favorite toys that he knew were washed away. So we talked (and talked) that while we were sad about losing these things, what is important, what truly matters, is that our friends and family are safe.

This opportunity reminded me not to underestimate the ability of a child to understand what’s going on around him, and to take on and feel the emotions that we’re going through, no matter how hard we try to hide them. I remembered it’s always better to talk to children so they understand what’s really happening, instead of letting their beautiful and wild imaginations fill in the blanks. This morning my son is a secure little boy knowing exactly what’s happened to our home and his toys, not worried about what he is seeing and hearing, because he understands what is truly important — and is back to playing search-and-rescue with his fireman figurines, which I’m sure is his way of working through his emotions about all that’s happened. So if I can share anything from my personal experience this week, it’s to protect your children, but be brave and answer their questions, empower them with the understanding of their environment, and most of all hold them close. If Sandy has brought any good, it’s to remind us what is really important.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Five Year Olds Are Generous Only When They’re Watched
Children as young as five are generous when others are aware of their actions, but antisocial when sharing with a recipient who can’t see them, according to new research. (via ScienceDaily)

Dentists Offering Cash for Halloween Candy to Benefit Troops
While many children are chowing down on their Halloween candy, dentists are hoping to provide kids with some incentives for trading in their sugary treats—all in a way to help the troops. (via Fox News)

Is Childhood ADHD a Gateway to Smoking in Adulthood?
Children diagnosed with ADHD are twice as likely to pick up smoking than youngsters without the disorder. (via Time)

Breast Milk During The Storm: With Power Gone, Moms Safeguard their Stash
With power out in much of New Jersey and swaths of New York in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, breast-feeding moms have been frantically making arrangements, scouting out freezers and using Facebook to link up those with thawing breast milk with those who have electricity and freezer space to spare. (via Time)

Technology Changing How Students Learn, Teachers Say
There is a widespread belief among teachers that students’ constant use of digital technology is hampering their attention spans and ability to persevere in the face of challenging tasks, according to two new surveys of teachers. (via New York Times)

Many Women Stop Their Asthma Meds While Pregnant
Almost a third of women on asthma control medications stop using them during the first few months of pregnancy, despite advice that a mother’s uncontrolled asthma is more dangerous to the developing fetus than the drugs. (via Reuters)

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NJ Governor Postpones Halloween Due to Hurricane Damage

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Three Kids in Halloween CostumesA few hours before Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie said he would cancel Halloween in New Jersey pending on conditions. Today, he delivered on that promise.

Christie signed an executive order postponing all celebrations of the holiday until Monday, November 5.  He cited flooding, fallen trees, downed power lines, and emergency work as potential dangers to children and their families.

“I’ve taken this action to minimize additional risks to lives and the public safety as we begin the process of rebuilding and recovering from Hurricane Sandy,” Christie said.

New Jersey is still under a state of emergency. President Obama will be in New Jersey this afternoon to survey the damage with Christie.


Image: Three Kids in Halloween Costumes via Shutterstock

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Hurricane Sandy’s Death Toll Climbs; Millions Without Power
Millions of people from Maine to the Carolinas awoke Tuesday without electricity, and an eerily quiet New York City was all but closed off by car, train and air as superstorm Sandy steamed inland, still delivering punishing wind and rain. The U.S. death toll climbed to 33, many of the victims killed by falling trees. (Associated Press)

Slimmer Future for Heavy Kids Who Get Help Early
Weight-loss programs can help even very young children slim down, and it appears that acting early may improve the odds of success, according to a pair of new studies. (Reuters)

Mammograms: For One Life Saved, 3 Women Overtreated
Breast cancer screening for women over 50 saves lives, an independent panel in Britain has concluded, confirming findings in U.S. and other studies. But that screening comes with a cost: The review found that for every life saved, roughly three other women were overdiagnosed. (Associated Press)

U.S. Set to Sponsor Health Insurance
The Obama administration will soon take on a new role as the sponsor of at least two nationwide health insurance plans that will be offered to consumers in every state. (New York Times)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Hurricane Sandy School Closings: Thousands Shuttered For Storm Along East Coast
Thousands of schools along the Eastern Seaboard are closed Monday as Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall, attacking the coast with forceful winds, rain and possible snow. (Huffington Post)

ER Docs Learn Better Ways to Help Hurting Kids
A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics instructs doctors, providers and EMTs on the best ways to treat children’s pain and anxiety in emergency settings — sometimes, without medication. (NBC News)

Scientists Move Closer to a Lasting Flu Vaccine
Thanks to a flurry of recent studies, flu experts foresee a time when seasonal flu shots are a thing of the past. (New York Times)

Higher-Math Skills Entwined With Lower-Order Magnitude Sense
The ability to learn complex, symbolic math is a uniquely human trait, but it is intricately connected to a primitive sense of magnitude that is shared by many animals, finds a study to be published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). (ScienceDaily)

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