Kids experience anxiety and worries just like the rest of us. As a clinical psychologist, I’m excited to have created a book series that gives children the tools required to help them build resilience through the story characters and practical strategies and exercises. This can all be done in ways that speak directly to them, in their own language, through the story characters and practical exercises that I’ve created in my Kids Hero Book Series.– Dr. Susan Hunt, Registered Psychologist
Us students are growing up in a world that faces some of its biggest environmental challenges ever, and we will be the ones living with the consequences of all of the problems the planet is facing.Written by Shalise Leesfield, Eco-Warrior
Every year, on Earth Day, it is a great reminder that we need to show our gratitude to Mother Nature. It’s a day where we come together to help protect our home, not just for our generation but also for those still to come. Earth Day began in 1970 and this year it turns 49, so ‘Happy Earth Day’ to our awesome planet. I hope we can all use this year’s Earth Day as a starting point for great change, and make every day an Earth Day. We can do this by looking at what can be done through the whole year and make taking care of the environment a regular part of how we all live. For me personally, I think it’s so important that my generation make sure they know exactly how to take care of the Earth, as we will be the caretakers of our planet in years to come. It is important that we all know what Earth Day means, and what we can do; not just one day a year, but every day so we can work together to keep the fragile environment free from further damage.
DiD A FAiRY DROP THiS?
This is the question six year old Oliver asked when he held up his big cousin’s ring for an inspection at a recent family dinner. Always precious and often profound are the questions our youngsters pose to us. This is why we have decided to include questions and answers like these from the youngest minds in our KiDS ViEWS features. Our very first story came to me unexpectedly, in the living room at my in-laws during family time. I couldn’t pass up on this opportunity, and here’s why. Soon afterwards, six year old Oliver had another darling question that he also posed to us adults in the room before dinner (me included). The more we thought about it, the more profound we realized my nephew’s question really was. So much so that I reached for a napkin to write it down. Here it is, along with a drawing he created about this afterwards.
Created by child author & illustrator, Parker.
From here to there in a flash. This might not seem that important, but in this story, it ends up saving a life! Find out the difference between a hero and a regular old creature in the Unlikely Heroes Series, Book #2.
Fire Safety Report by OLIVER, Grade 1 Student, Willowstone Academy
Oliver is learning a lot about fire safety and is excited to pass on this valuable information to his peers, family, and the community-at-large. He’s taking his questions to Firefighter Johnston who is stationed at Rutland Fire Station in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. Here is what Oliver found out for us.
HOW MANY FIRES HAS FIREFIGHTER JOHNSTON FOUGHT?
HOW DO FIREFIGHTERS STAY SAFE WHILE FIGHTING FIRES?
WHY SHOULD EACH ONE OF US CREATE OUR OWN FIRE SAFETY PLAN?
FIREFIGHTER JOHNSTON’S ADVICE TIP #1.
FIREFIGHTER JOHNSTON’S ADVICE TIP #2
WHY PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT – AND KEEPS UP SAFE!
ONE LAST QUESTION!
MORE MOMENTS OF OLIVER WITH FIREFIGHTER JOHNSTON
Written by Sophia, Age 8, Bright Eyes Academy, Ladner, BC
Sophia loves to write and illustrate stories and her inspiration for this one was her father who is a Coast Guard. She is proud of what he does for his work, which is rescue people and sometimes animals out at sea!!!
CLICK ON BOOK COVER TO READ SOPHIA’S BOOK
This Q & A Column is written by KIDS, YOUTH & ADULTS
IF YOU ARE A KID AND HAVE A QUESTION FOR AN ADULT, OR YOU ARE AN ADULT, AND HAVE A QUESTION FOR A KID, WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU. Please contact us here, so we can include your question or answer in our TALK TO ME COLUMN. Share your thoughts, feelings and advice with us to help bridge the communication between kids, youth, and adults.
QUESTION FOR PARENTS by Sammy, 11 year old girl
When I want to stay up past my bedtime why do you sometimes say yes and then sometimes change to no? Like when I want to stay up an extra half an hour? You always do that. And it’s not fair. You only say yes when you are not tired. But what if I am not tired? Written by Sammy who is an 11 year old girl.
ANSWER FOR SAMMY’S QUESTION by Lola, 34 year old mother of 3.
Sammy. I understand how confusing and I guess, frustrating it must be to receive different answers at different times from your parents. Speaking as a mother who has been asked the same questions, I can tell you that I do the same thing, and the reason why is because sometimes it’s appropriate and sometimes it’s just not. Sometimes we have to consider the entire family and what’s going on in the entire house before we can give you our final answers and it might take us parents longer to decide and sometimes, when it’s an easier day, the answer is more obvious to yes, and more likely to be a yes. It sounds like it might be easier if it’s always the same rule during the week. Answered by Lola, 34 year old mother of three.