Hearing scary news, a change in routine, or just feeling uncertain is not easy for anyone, especially kids. If these experiences become overwhelming, encourage your kiddo to pause and focus on the good. Look for ‘the helpers’ in your community that work to keep you safe and healthy every day. Mr. Rogers has reminded us of this for many years, “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.”
Remember, there are many types of helpers! Health care workers, police officers, first responders, custodians, grocery store workers, teachers, and even parents can all be helpers. Wondering how to discuss ‘helpers’ with your child? Teach gratitude and try some acts of appreciation by reaching out and thanking these helpers. Check out a few of our favorite ways to say thank you!
- Post a sign of thankfulness in your front yard. Grab the markers and create a sign to express your gratitude for the helpers in your community.
- Paint or post your drawings in your windows. Embrace your space! Express thankfulness while bringing a smile to those passing by.
- Turn your driveway or sidewalk into an encouraging work of art. Break out the sidewalk chalk and create large messages of appreciation and fun designs for all to see.
- Send the helpers in your community a thank you letter. Write a simple thank you or draw a picture to show your gratefulness.
- Get creative with communication! Leave a thank you letter on the top of your trash can or inside your mailbox. This will surely bring a smile to the face of many helpers!
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