Monday, August 1, 2011
Like little Sarah before her, Leah has inspired us all to love every day.
I was on my way to New Hampshire last Tuesday with my wife and 3 year-old grandson when we received word 5 year-old Leah Fernandes passed away after a relatively short battle with cancer. Suddenly our few days of vacation at StoryLand with our beautiful grandson became all the more precious. I never had the pleasure of meeting sweet little Leah, but have known many of her family members for a long time. While the death of any child at such a young age is heartbreaking, Leah's story of battling her aggressive form of cancer and her family's tireless efforts to support her are particularly wrenching and touching. It was incredibly sad and yet inspiring to watch Leah and her family cope with the awful situation that enveloped them. And it …
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
This historical moment might prove to be confusing to young kids.
Each week, our council of experts and smart parents take your questions, give advice and share solutions in this parenting column. This feature will also be the place to drop in for a talk about the latest parenting hot topic. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in as we start the conversation today with a topic and question: The big news this week, of course, was the death of terrorist Osama bin Laden, who took responsibility for the 9/11 attacks and many more. Ever since word got out about this on Sunday night, bin Laden’s face and name has been smeared all over the media. That being said, many kids do not understand the magnitude of this story since they were not born until after the attacks on Sept. 11. Also, the subject might be …
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
James Creeden gives his opinion on what Osama bin Laden's death means.
James Creeden, who is active in the Tricentennial Committee and an employment support group at the Trinitarian Congregational Church, gave his thoughts yesterday, May 2, when he found out about the death of Osama bin Laden. Click the video icon to hear his opinion, and check in with Norton Patch for more local views on the subject.
Monday, May 2, 2011
Wheaton College students happy and hopeful for the future.
On Sunday night, President Barack Obama surprised the nation with news that Osama bin Laden, who helped orchestrate the attacks Sept. 11, 2001, was killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan. When the news broke, tourists crowded in front of the White House, sporting events and in streets across America chanting “USA! USA! USA!” Facebook exploded with Osama-related status updates. Now Norton Patch brings you the opinions of Wheaton College students. Click the video icon to hear what they have to say. Tune in to Norton Patch tomorrow with even more thoughts on the death of Osama bin Laden and what it could mean for the future.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
When a loved one passes away, it can trigger some mature thoughts in kids.
Each week, our council of experts and smart parents take your questions, give advice and share solutions in this parenting column. This feature will also be the place to drop in for a talk about the latest parenting hot topic. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in as we start the conversation today with a topic and question: A friend of mine on Facebook asked for advice on how to talk to her 4-year-old daughter about death. She keeps bringing it up and asking if she is going to die, and if mom and dad are going to die. So how do you discuss death with a young child, without scaring them? Please comment in the boxes below, and check Norton Patch every Wednesday at 1 p.m. for this segment