Being a child has by no means been straightforward, and the previous two years haven’t helped.
As youngsters and youths wrestle to navigate life in our post-pandemic world — inundated with (typically scary) content material on social media and feeling pressured to reach faculty — our nation and neighborhood have seen an increase in psychological well being issues amongst youths.
The L.A. Occasions and Bob Baker Marionette Theater partnered as much as attempt to assist.
“Head-lines” is a psychological health-focused information present, run by puppets (and perhaps some adults within the background). Our 4 episodes clarify difficult psychological well being ideas to youngsters, tackling the subjects of tension, homelessness, fears, and grief. Our objective is to introduce youngsters to new coping expertise and assist construct resilience in our viewers.
The L.A. Occasions, in partnership with Bob Baker Marionette Theater, brings you “Head-lines,” a weekly psychological well being information present run by puppets. In 4 episodes, we are going to discover anxiousness, homelessness, fears and grief. Be a part of us on this considerate, hopeful and typically humorous journey.
Assets for folks (and different outdated individuals! 😜) to proceed the dialog
Hey adults! The “Head-lines” crew needs to make it straightforward so that you can maintain the dialog going after watching this week’s episode about anxiousness. Listed below are some questions you possibly can ask to stimulate additional dialogue between you and your kiddos.
Please observe: If that is the primary time you’re having these conversations as a household, be form to your self — it may be exhausting to get our kiddos to open up. It’s OK in the event that they’re hesitant at first. However over time and with follow, we hope that your loved ones can construct belief, develop productive methods to share extra about psychological well being and develop nearer. In any case, we’re all fronds right here!
- What did you suppose when Zev, the child within the episode, informed Lora the parrot that he was nervous about going to the parade?
- How do you’re feeling once we’re on the point of go to events or household dinners? Do you ever really feel nervous however are scared to inform me?
- Have you learnt it’s OK to inform me while you’re nervous or feeling scared?
- Is there ever a time while you tried to inform me you have been nervous at a celebration and I didn’t hear you? Do you need to discuss that?
- I understand how it feels to not need to go someplace as a result of we’re drained or nervous. What do you suppose would show you how to really feel much less nervous?
- What does “nervous,” “anxious” or “scared” imply to you? (Adults: We advocate selecting considered one of these phrases, not all three; decide whichever phrase you suppose your little one would possibly most join with.)
- Is there a spot in your physique the place you’re feeling the nervousness? (Give an instance of the place you’re feeling anxiousness, like in your chest or abdomen to assist the kid perceive.)
Obtain our assets information beneath, which incorporates these questions, craft concepts, and extra.
Meet the characters
Palmy Nomanderson (they/them):
Performed by Kat Williams
An award-winning journalist, Palmy transplanted to L.A. from Jamaica after a seasoned profession there. They lately gained the celebrated Palme d’Or (like a Pulitzer, however shinier) for his or her important collection, “Caleafornia,” exploring how local weather change is affecting the bushes and shrubbery of L.A.
Lora Jacaranda (she/her):
Performed by Molly Fite
A wild Pasadenan parrot with a knack for squawking concerning the newest information. She is Head-lines reporter on the road, strolling (and did we point out squawking?) by the zippy zany streets of Los Angeles seeking her subsequent story.