If there’s one thing I learned from spending time with kids, it’s that their brains are like sponges. They have this incredible way of gathering and retaining information and, whether it’s our preference or not, kids can often hear, see, and be exposed to things that they can’t fully comprehend. With recent challenging times—whether it be natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other factors—there has been a lot of content on the news that kids and adults alike are struggling to comprehend.
As a troop leader, you are a trusted adult in your girls’ lives (and thank goodness because you are pretty amazing). Girl Scouts of the USA has had a number of parents and volunteers come to them seeking guidance about how to talk to their girls about these incidents. They partnered with residential development psychologist, Dr. Andrea Bastiani Archibald and developed a great blog post that provides tips for parents and volunteers to use in speaking with children when the news is scary. We wanted to pass along this great resource on to our leaders at River Valleys. We hope that you find it helpful.
Thank you for being a person who is able to offer support to girls. It means so much to us, but even more to them.
Yours in Scouting,
Brianna Belmore – As a Troop Support Specialist turned Communications Specialist at River Valleys, Brianna loves connecting with volunteers and spreading the word about the awesome things happening throughout the council. In addition to being socially savvy and design inclined, she enjoys knitting, cross-stitching, and puzzling with Netflix going strong in the background. Brianna’s a self-proclaimed rooftop patio enthusiast and loves exploring the Twin Cities with friends and family.