How to Talk to Kids about Tragedy According to Mr. Rogers.

Via on Dec 14, 2012

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,‘ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers—so many caring people in this world.” ~ Fred Rogers


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Kate Bartolotta is the strongest girl in the world. She is the love child of a pirate and a roller derby queen. She hails from the second star to the right. She doesn't know how to behave with all the apples and ibexes. She doesn't suffer from her eight million freckles, she loves them! Like a rolling stone, Kate gathers no moss. Kate loves kale, being barefoot, Dr. Seuss, singing too loudly, gallivanting, palindromes, blackberries and has far too many books for her own good. When she's not writing, you can find her practicing yoga, running in the woods, playing with her kids, devouring a book, planting dandelions, changing the world and doing her dishes. Kate does not play the accordion. She is a massage therapist, writer and a compassionate friend to all. This year Kate aspires to finally give up on learning to knit and will instead spend that time putting a little bit more of her heart on the page. Connect with Kate on Facebook and Twitter


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7 Responses to “How to Talk to Kids about Tragedy According to Mr. Rogers.”

  1. [...] How to Talk to Kids about Tragedy According to Mr. Rogers. [...]

  2. Lynne says:

    With recent events in America we newly dedicate this year's sing around the world to the memory of the little children, the teachers and all their familes so grievously hurt by this tragedy.

    This song was originally entitled "For the Children of America" after the events of 9/11.

    Danny Garner was a little lad in my Year 5 class near Manchester, England,with a very big heart. As his teacher I found it impossible to answer his searching questions on why humans sometimes want to hurt other humans in such unspeakably devastating ways.

    Not content with my inadequate answers he asked his mum to write a poem for The Children of America and Bev asked me to make it into a song that the children of our school could sing to express our feelings.

    We subsequently changed the words to include all children of the world whose lives can so suddenly and tragically be ended or otherwise unexpectedly turned around.

    Please comment adding the names of those whose memories you cherish to our

    Hands Across The Sky's Roll Call of the Angels.

    With thanks to Danny Garner, Bev Bennett (both now of Perth W.A.), Liam Mills (soloist), the choir of Woodley Junior School, Stockport and Megan Cope for thinking of the new title.
    Hands Across The Sky – About Us
    Hands Across The Sky – About Us – Children sing around the world on 22nd December 2012.

  3. Jena says:

    thanks so much for this!

  4. Karen says:

    It's very true… under all the 'ugly' in the world, there is still the potential to create a 'beautiful' act

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