To be, or not to be: that is the question:Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to sufferThe slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;No more; and by a sleep to say we endThe heart-ache and the thousand natural shocksThat flesh is heir to, ’tis a consummationDevoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
Kids and teens who’ve experienced the death of a loved one or pet may find comfort — or a starting point for discussion — in a book about that subject. From picture books for the youngest readers and prereaders to edgy young adult novels, these selections touch on a variety of situations, including the loss of a parent, grandparent, sibling, friend, classmate, or animal, as well as the devastation and confusion that come in the wake of teen suicide.
Children can read freely for education and adventure, they read for joy and laughter at their leisure, they read to feed curiosity and fuel passion. This is a gift that can be put into a child’s hands, though admittedly it is sometimes harder than simply putting an iPhone into their hands.
Be a better listener
Listening is not a passive experience.
Listening means being in the moment with the other person.
Giving them your undivided attention.
Reflecting on what they’re saying.
In other words, make a gift of your time and attention