Items of Interest
Violence in today’s world runs the gamut from bullying to war to murder, and finds fertile ground in television programs, movies, videos, and superhero games, where it’s gussied up and glamorized. Violence is all around us, and it’s taking its toll on children.
According to former teacher and child-development expert Dr. James Garbarino, exposure to violence in any form leaves many young children feeling scared, hopeless, and unsafe — even in their own homes. Others develop a pattern of aggressive behavior or carry a burden of discomfort that weighs heavily on their young minds.
Scholastic Offers a Guide to help children understand violence and find ways to live with greater peace.
- Naples Alliance for Children is Your Navigation & Guide as you seek the information and resources you need. Search the NAFC Resource Directory or Call 239-649-5260.
Parents should be aware that summer camps and recreational programs may not be licensed or regulated and their staff screening process limited. Before enrolling your child check the philosophy, age spread, group size and adult-child ratio of the program. There should be an adult supervisor in each group. It is important that you check the program with an unannounced visit. A parent’s evaluation list for quality programs is available in the free NAFC Child Care and After School Programs Directory. SEARCH www.napleschild.org or CALL NAFC, 239-649-5260 or The Early Learning Coalition, Collier County, 239-213-1137 for information.
Preparing for your child’s first “away form home” experience is important if that experience is going to be a positive one.
- Talking with children about homesickness before camp starts is a good first step. Parents can try to help their children understand that feeling homesick is very natural and that physical activity, making new friends and letter writing help help them from becoming sad and experience the nervous emotions that are part of homesickness.
- Before your youngster departs for sleep-away camp (or any other sleep-away experience), it’s a good idea to arrange shorter separations.