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Fathers Who Harm

Father's Day has become a more highlighted day of celebration than when I was a child. My father was born in 1927 and lived a pretty long life: he died in 2013, a few months into his 86th year. He was not a bad father. He did struggle with alcohol addiction and was imperfect in other ways, but he was basically loving and kind. He was a workaholic, so we did not have access to him for emotional affirmation, but he told me in his old age that he always loved everything about us kids and felt sad that he had not been a better parent, and he was sorry he was most of all that he had not spent more time with us.  Other men in my family– my grandfathers, my husband, son, uncles, brother– have all shown themselves to be good guys and have adult children whom they love(d) and who love them back.  But I think to myself, having been a social worker to women and children who fled lives with men who put them and their children through Hell, that there are probably a fair number of children, te

Wars Are Bad and Sad: Explaining Wars to Young Children

Explaining war to children can be challenging, but it's important to approach the topic with sensitivity. Here's a simplified, point-form explanation suitable for young children: Wars are fights between countries or groups: Sometimes, people in different places disagree or can't get along. Instead of talking and finding a solution, they might use force, like fighting or using weapons. People have different opinions: Just like friends or family may have different ideas, countries can too. Instead of working together, they may choose to fight. Not all problems are solved peacefully: Ideally, countries should talk and negotiate to solve their problems. Unfortunately, sometimes they make bad choices and start fighting. War causes sadness and destruction: When there is war, many people get hurt, and buildings and homes can be damaged. It makes people sad and can take a long time for things to get better. Hope for peace: People around the world work hard to stop wars and help cou