Dealing with Sensitive Issues

Dealing with Sensitive Issues Blog

There are delicate subjects we rarely speak to our children about, especially those of a much younger age. But there are ways of getting through without the dreaded emotional tax.

With so many things in this world warranting our attention, and, more often than not, our stresses and worries, it can be difficult to put on a brave face. Whether this stems from the terrifying things we see on the news every night, or the financial predicament we may find ourselves in, keeping these fears hidden from our children can be exhausting.

All this said, literature is a powerful tool that carries so much weight when it comes to educating our children on all kinds of delicate and sensitive issues. From recognising disability at an early age right through to dealing with abuse or bullying, picture books and cartoons show us an escape from reality that is actually grounded firmly within it.

Navigating the Post-COVID era

Navigating Post-COVID blog post

When it comes to educating our children on the more prescient issues of our time, it can prove a daunting task. All that said, it need not be as daunting as it may seem on the face of it.

In many ways, the youngest generation of the COVID-19 pandemic have already experienced life at its worst without knowledge of anything better. A lack of connection to both friends, families, and occasionally our classrooms when the WiFi fails.

To put it simply, our children have had a rough time of things. Though we’ve all had it tough in one way or another, one can only imagine how difficult it must be for children that know nothing but a world in the midst of a pandemic.

The world can be a terrifying place at the best of times, especially for those of an early age. Add a life-altering virus into the equation and it is easy to see why so many of childbearing age are reluctant to even bring children into the world. As we cautiously approach the post-COVID era (or at least the post-vaccine era), it’s so important that children come to realise that they are about to realise a new normal of their own, and this one has the potential to be eye-openingly beautiful.

Everyday Racism: A Tale from my Primary School Days

Everyday Racism blog post

It seems as though my Primary School days were only yesterday. Though it was almost two decades ago, some of the trials and tribulations of my formative years still remain fresh in the memory.

In many ways, I had been too young to know any better with regard to treating others with the same respect and dignity I’d felt deserving of. In other ways, however, picking up on right and wrong felt a lot easier.

I was fortunate enough to have attended an ethnically diverse Primary School. On first encountering my non-white classmates, I had barely questioned the fact that some had different skin colours to me. As far as I was concerned, it was part of life. I had filed skin colour along with hair colour, height and eye colour as things that just happened to be different between people.

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