I’ve debated whether or not to talk to Big Brother about the tsunami. We never have the TV on when the boys are awake (unless Big Brother is watching a kid-appropriate video), so it isn’t like he would “accidentally” see something on the news about it. Plus, he already has a lot of fears and I didn’t want it to give him something else to be scared about.
But when reflecting upon the “It’s All About Me” attitude and not wanting my children to think this way, I decided it was a good opportunity to teach empathy. Young children are naturally so tender-hearted and don’t like seeing people hurt. Telling them about how a disaster abroad has affected kids like him provides an opportunity for him to think of others.
Just a word of warning…don’t talk to your child about this unless you yourself are ready to act on the actions their tender hearts call them to do (within reason).
I chose a few pictures to show Big Brother and walked him through (extremely vaguely) what happened:
As you may have noticed, we didn’t talk about death. I wasn’t ready to have that “talk” yet…especially without the reinforcements of Prince Charming.
After we talked about this, I asked Big Brother what he thought about what happened.
He said, “They could have my house!”
We then talked about what we could do to help them: “Give them some of my food, some of my yogurt (his favorite thing to eat in the whole world), my chairs, and my tables. We could send them some of my books. They’re can take all of my books.”
|He emptied his entire bookshelf and wanted to send all the books to Japan!|
We decided to pack some “goodies” in a shoebox and chose one book to include. We also put in some shampoo, toilet paper, toothpaste, etc.
The problem is, nobody wants care packages. They just want cash donations. I completely understand their reasoning, but a cash donation isn’t a tangible act for a three-year old. After lots and lots of searching, I found a forum where a soldier indicated care packages could be sent this way: