LANK's Blog: The Bear Necessities

Tackling a Tough Topic

It has been eight days since school closed, but for those of us who have long thrived on routine, predictability, and the busy schedule that having young children brings, this pause feels much longer. Most children are used to going to school, music classes, dance, sports, and a myriad of other activities that keep both them and parents very busy. So we are all adjusting to a new rhythm, and a bit of isolation. But an even greater concern is what to say to our children about this change. How do we describe something that even we ourselves are unsure of? How much should be revealed, and how can we reassure young children that life will return to normal? Perhaps the greatest gift we can gi

There's No Place Like Home

Schools have made the tough decision to close for a period of time, and now parents have the tough job of figuring out what activities they should employ to keep their children busy, but also safe during this uncharted time. This is not easy, as sporting events, play groups, and even some religious services have come to a halt. As an educator of very young children, I have some strong feelings about this topic; and the good news is, I believe this time together with family will be rewarding and valuable. Yes, at times it will certainly be frustrating and inconvenient, but there are some wonderful activities for you to explore with your child that you might not have undertaken when life wa

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