It wasn’t until the 1960s when a typical middle class household had a television, but today, nearly all of us do—and not only that, but access to information and images of all sorts, all the time on our laptops and smart phones. One very useful and under-used tool that both the World Wide Web and Television can provide for modern-day children, other than keeping them entertained and quiet for a while, is the ability to look into the lives of others. What exactly do I mean by this? Read on.
“I am so hungry—I’m starving! No I do not want a banana or a sandwich or cheese and crackers or carrots and hummus….etc etc.”
Fourteen stuffed animals
One pair of clean underwear
A toothbrush (that was a surprise!)
A tin “Frozen” box with $1.83 inside
A water bottle
A pad of paper shaped like a Halloween kitten
A box of kids’ energy bars stolen from the kitchen cupboard
Q: What do the above items and the picture of the ominous looking storm clouds have in common?
A: They are what a first-grader packs in an Emergency Preparedness Bag in case of a tornado.
Before last month, I never worried much about tornadoes. We do have them in Colorado occasionally but usually on the plains. We live fairly close to the Flatirons which are the beginnings of the Rocky Mountains. I had always thought the mountains somehow offered us protection from storms gaining enough energy to become tornadoes. Apparently, that isn’t the case–see the article at the bottom of this … Read More