Small children can have very big questions, and some of these questions may be hard to answer. You don’t have to know the answers to all questions right away. It’s okay to say, “Let me think for a while about how to answer that question.” Here are some possible questions and answers.

Growing up, so many aspects of my life revolved around swimming. There was team practice, competitions year round, and, best of all, those shopping trips with my mother to buy new swim gear. And then? You guessed it, rinse and repeat. For 12 years. 

With a growing Little, I’ve had an internal battle. Should I teach him to swim on my own, or should I send him to a more traditional summer swim training program? I opted for the latter, and here are a few things I have learned in the process.

Five minutes can feel like an hour to a young child. Here are some tips for building the skill of patience (which is necessary over a lifetime!).

Grief never completely goes away, but over time, it become easier to endure. It’s important for families to give themselves and their children permission to feel happy again. Be assured that the memory of a loved one will continue to live on in everyone’s hearts as the family moves forward.

You might try some of these ideas:

Sometimes a long illness might give families time to confront the possibility of death. Other times, the death of a loved one comes suddenly, as in the case of an accident or suicide. You’ll want to approach the situation differently depending on the circumstances.

There are so many ways to show children that you care and that you are “there with them” through the grieving process.

Here are some ways to help kids express and manage their feelings.

Because of the threat of inclement weather, Parents in the Park has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 22. Tuscaloosa’s One Place (TOP) will celebrate local families with this free community event, Parents in the Park.  From 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Parents in the Park will include bounce houses, train rides, food, and many interactive stations designed to engage the whole family.  Festivities will take place at Annette Shelby Park, 1614 15th St.    

Stephanie Barrett, a work-from-home mom of two in Cottondale, has a plan for working at home during the school term. 

In the most difficult moments, remember to “REASSURE” kids.

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