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! Healthcare workers, police officers, first responders, custodians, grocery store workers, teachers, and even parents can all be helpers. Wondering how to discuss ‘helpers’ with children? 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!

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