Thursday, May 5th, 2011
This past Sunday, Jennifer Griffin, a Pentagon Correspondent for FOX News, was at home in the D.C. area trying to tuck her 2-year-old son into bed, when a source called to announce bin Laden’s death. Suddenly, from focusing on a child who was staying up past his bedtime, Griffin found herself focusing on confirming the death with multiple sources. She called into FOX News to report on air and then from there, drove to the Pentagon to continue more reporting for the next 24 hours. In addition to reporting on the war in the Middle East (she was there on 9/11) and national security issues, Griffin is also the mother of three young kids, two girls and one boy.
Read a first-hand account, shared with Parents.com, of how this extraordinary working mom was involved in a memorable moment in American history:
“I had just gotten home from a friend’s house with 2-year-old Luke, my youngest. It was later than his bedtime, and I was scrambling to warm him a bottle and convince him to put on pajamas. I was at the stove when all of my phones started ringing. The messages on my Blackberry made it seem like [Libyan leader Muammar] Qaddafi had been killed. I put on the TV, gave Luke a bottle on the couch, and told him to be very quiet. That’s when I got a call saying that it was Osama bin Laden, but the source said I couldn’t go [on air] with [the news] unless I got a second confirmation.
“I started dialing like mad and I had three phone lines going at once. I finally got an e-mail from a top-level intelligence source with a one word answer to my question, sent at 10:25 pm on Sunday, May 1: We got him? Dead? The response, sent at 10:47 pm, was: Yes…
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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011
So, the U.S. is like Spider-Man and bin Laden’s the Green Goblin? Explaining justice and revenge to kids
It’s not quite as simple as U-S-A! As a parent, you have to balance your own feelings of relief and happiness about the news of bin Laden’s death with the complicated task of explaining to kids how bad news (someone dying) can actually be good news. (Today.com)
Homeless, but Finding Sanctuary at School
In Orlando, Fla., homeless students are flourishing at Fern Creek Elementary School, where 20 percent of the students live in shelters. (New York Times)
Want Your Teen to Get a Summer Job? Only 1 in 4 Will Succeed, Report Says
Feel like screaming “Get a job!” to your teenager this summer? Parental threats of no car keys, groundings or taking phones away if they don’t find work may not do much good when there are few jobs for teens to even land. (Parent Dish)
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Monday, May 2nd, 2011
This post is by guest blogger Richard Rende, an associate professor of psychiatry and human Behavior at Brown University.
Our parental instinct is to protect the children, but when world events (such as the news about the capture and death of Osama bin Laden) are so prominent that our children may be affected, encourage them to talk and help them to feel as safe and secure as possible.
As a parent, here are key concepts that I would lean on when having a conversation about major news events, such as the one about Osama bin Laden.
Take the lead in introducing the news, even if you have a young child (3 or 4 years old), since it will be difficult shielding kids from the conversation. Given the high probability that your child will hear you or someone else discuss the news and the high level of emotions being experienced, make some reference to the event or to the idea that many adults are talking about something important. Your child will then know that he can talk to you about it. The one caveat: if you choose not to initiate the conversation, be ready to discuss it if your child brings it up. But this is certainly a judgment call and you are the best judge of your child, so trust your instincts.
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