The severity of the news has parents and educators and people generally struggling with how to cope . Many in the Northeastern US are still recovering from Storm Sandy. Here are a few things to keep in mind and resources below:
· Don't leave news unattended in the house. Children absorb information like sponges, so what you may tune out as background noise, they notice. Be sure to stay with your kids when the news is on. Better yet, do not have the news on (for everone's peace of mind:)). Unlimited exposure to the news' cycle repetition (especially with developing stories) amplifies the issue.
· Even the youngest children respond to the faces they see on TV. Seeing other children unhappy or crying is particularly upsetting to them.
· Children can't process where something happened -- especially when the images are in their own livingroom. Make a point of explaining the images are coming from somewhere far away, to help your children feel safe where they are.
· Talk to your children about what's in the news. Even when you don't know what to say, ask them what they think -- and, most importantly, how it makes them feel.
Detailed information is available from a variety of sources, and it's important to compare what 'experts' have to say in order for you to find your own comfort zone:
Resources for Parents and Educators:
* Common Sense Media: http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators
* Save the Children: http://www.savethechildren.org/cope
* American Psychological Association: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/aftermath.aspx
* National PTA: http://www.pta.org/schoolviolence
* National Association of School Psychologists:http://www.nasponline.org/
* Kaiser Foundation: http://www.kff.org/entmedia/upload/7638.pdf
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Tommy Lasorda, Brooke Burke & Fitness Expert Denise Austin All Showed Up In Manhattan Beach, Ca To Host A Charity Event With Skechers & Kids Foot Locker
Kids Foot Locker and Skechers co-sponsored the event; Brooke Burke is the Skechers spokesperson, so of course she was there to pitch in for a good cause. If it's at all possible, Brooke Burke is even MORE beautiful in person. I took a close look to see if I could catch her wearing a pair of Spanx underneath her work out clothes, but no such luck. She’s gorgeous through and through!
Tommy Lasorda who spent 62 seasons in the Dodger organization, is very involved with The Friendship Circle Charity, was on hand to get the crowd excited.
Another Skechers spokesperson is fitness expert Denise Austin. She used her motivational, high energy pep talk to get the 7000 eager participants hyped up for the starting gun. We all gathered at The Manhattan Beach Pier, to begin the walk. There were marching bands, circling helicopters, the Mayor, men, women, children, dogs and of course, Manhattan Beachs’ own resident celebrities, super star athletes, rock stars and business moguls. The sponsors anticipated they would raise approx $500,000 for the schools.
Here's a little inside information and a funny side note about Brooke Burke, we used to have a few close mutual friends, we used to all hang out together and there were a few nights that were OFF the hook!...........
For the end of the story go to my web site where I tell you the inside scoop...........Ssssshhhh don't tell anyone......."