Monday, January 2, 2017

An Analysis of Night by Elie Wiesel

Night is the story of a young Jew named Elie Wiesel, who lived in Sighat, a small town in Transylvania. The story begins by explaining how Elie became an acquaintance of Moche the Beadle, near the end of 1941. Elie, a boy of twelve, lived with his parents and two sisters. His father was a very well respected man in the community, and along with his wife and Elie’s two older sisters, they ran a shop. A profound believer, Elie prays often, studies the Talmud, and desires someone to make him a master of the caballa. Elie’s father refuses to help his son, because he is too young. So Elie takes matters into his own hands and seeks Moche the Beadle to “reveal the revelations and mysteries of the caballa” (p.3). Moche was extremely poor, yet the people of Sighat were not bothered by his presence. Moche and Elie study the caballa in the evening until one day Moche, along with all of the other foreign Jews, were expelled from Sighat.

Moche and the other foreign Jews had been rounded up by the Hungarian police, crammed into cattle trains. After reaching Polish territory, the Jews were put in the Gestapo. The Gestapo then forced the Jews to dismount the train and begin to dig huge graves. Upon finishing the Gestapo forced the Jews into the graves and began to slaughter them with relentless machine gun fire. During the massacre, Moche, only wounded in the leg, is taken for dead and left. Consumed by his desire to spread word of the massacre, Moche returns to Sighat to tell the story of all the Jews that were murdered in the forest and warn all other Jews of similar acts that could occur in the future. Despite his warnings, the Jews of Sighat ignore him, for they believe Moche is either using his imagination for attention, or has gone mad. The Jews of Sighat should have heeded Moche the Beadle’s warnings for it was foreshadowing of what was to come.


In the spring of 1944, Germans troops, with the government’s permission had entered Hungarian territory. German troops soon became visible in Sighat, yet they were polite and even lived in the homes of some Jews. The Jews of Sighat were allowed to continue to go about their everyday lives normally and continue to practice their religion. Despite their initial appearance, the Germans slowly began to take over. Jews could no longer hold anything of value and were forced to wear a yellow star on their arms. Two ghettos were set up in Sighat and the Jews were forced to live inside them. Despite being forced to live in an area, the Jews were free to move around as they pleased and were not guarded. Finally the Jews began to be organized and deported.


Awaiting deportation the groups of Jews were moved to the synagogue where they spent their last moments in Sighat. Although the Jews were able to bring along some of their possessions, they was still not sufficient food and water. After staying in the synagogue for a short period of time, the Jews were placed on a train in cattle cars with eighty people per car. Crammed into the cars, the Jews faced an unbearable heat. The conditions of the cattle cars were harsh. With lying down impossible, the Jews had to take turns sitting down to rest. In addition to these tough conditions, Elie was forced to listen to Madame Schachter’s outcries. Madame Schachter continued to scream about flames that she saw. While the rest of the Jews think Madame Schachter has gone mad, her forewarnings will soon become a harsh reality.


As the Jews crawled off of the transports, they had no idea what to expect. The Jews were forced to leave behind the possessions they brought and were then divided into groups of males and females. Elie, who is able to remain with his father, soon learns of their faith:
Haven’t you realized it yet? You dumb basterds, don’t you understand anything? You are going to be burned. Frizzled away. Turned into ashes. (p.28)
Upon this harsh realization, the Jews begin to think of revolting, yet they do not act. Older Jews tell their children to not lose faith and remember “the teaching of our sages” (p.29). Deciding not to revolt, the Jews realize they must spread the word of Auschwitz, so other Jews can escape while they are still able. Older The Jews are then judged by the infamous Dr. Mengele, who splits them into two separate groups. Elie and his father’s group approach the crematory, but at the last moment enter a different building. After being stripped and receiving haircuts, Elie and his father finally make it to a barrack.


Concentration camp life had greatly affected Elie, his father and all of the other Jewish prisoners. The Jewish prisoners were viewed as swine, brutalized and starved, by the German officers. Elie, a boy who once desired to become a master of the caballa, no longer kept faith. After questioning how God could allow such atrocities that occurred in the concentration camp, Elie no longer prayed. When first in the concentration camp, Elie and other prisoners would say the Jewish death prayer for those who passed, but after spending time in the camp, the prayer was no longer said. In addition to losing faith, Elie personal wellbeing became his chief concern. Instead of observing religious holidays, Elie would not fast but rather eat to keep his strength. Several times Elie visions the death of his father. Elie occasionally believes that his father his holding him down and that he would be better off if he was no longer with his father. Elie is not the only prisoner who holds this belief. One night in the barracks Elie is crushed by others who are trying to sleep. Not able to breathe, Elie must scratch and claw for oxygen. In addition to this instance, Elie also witnesses a son fight his father for a piece of bread. While being transported in a cattle car, a few pieces of bread are thrown in the car. There is a struggle for the bread and one son ends up fighting his father, who is willing to share, for the small scrap of bread. At this point in time, Elie realizes that “he had wanted to get rid of his father” (p.87). Life in the concentration camp has scared the prisoners for life. The prisoners no longer have feelings for others, only a desire to keep themselves alive.


As the war neared its end, the allied troops closed in on the position of Elie, his father, and all the other Jews that were held prisoners. In an attempt to keep the Jews from gaining freedom, the Germans began to transport the prisoners further behind the German lines. Elie had injured his foot and was in the hospital when rumors began to speculate that the Russians were close and the war would soon be over. Believing that he would be killed, in an effort to prevent the liberation of the Jews, Elie decides that he would rather move to the next concentration camp with the rest of the prisoners. Had Elie remained in the hospital, he would have been liberated, but Elie chose to stay with his father and suffered a long hard journey to the next camp. The Jewish prisoners, with little to no provisions, marched at a grueling pace to their destination, Buchenwald. Upon their arrival, Elie’s father has become very ill. After being assigned to a barrack, Elie’s father begins to call Elie, but Elie does not respond. The next morning Elie’s father has died and is no longer in the barrack. Ellie must now live the rest of his life knowing he did not respond to his father’s last calling. Scared for the rest of his life by the experiences he has gone through, Elie is finally freed when allied forces liberated the Jewish prisoners in Buchenwald on April eleventh.


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5 Pairs of Shoes that Can Make Traveling Fun and an Enjoyment for Everyone

He swore on his mother’s grave, but then he swore on just about everything. My name is Julia, a single woman with no children of my own, but am looking forward to having one soon, and my man’s name is Clifford, he loves swearing a lot on things. “Baby! These people are taking so long to move us through this airport security station,” crossing his arms and thumping his biceps, “I swear if this line of passengers does not move at least a foot I will do something I will regret.-” “Honey! Now stop being so impatient, and lets talk about why you are unhappy, she said holding onto his arms gently.

She found a diamond bracelet in the back of the car, but did not tell Clifford. “Well, baby I went shopping for me and you,” he said, “I saw a black casual shoe for $21 dollars, having a rear pull tab and great slip-resistant soles, and when I slip them bad boys on my own feet I was in. There was no turning back for my feet had never been so comfortable until I walked around Wal-Mart with them on, and I said to myself these will make me comfortable for this trip, and what’s so cool about me compared to this woman in front of me is when I take my shoe off, it is off and in the grey tub going through the airport scanning machine-” “Excuse me mister,” said the lady, “I just happened to have shopped at the same store too, and see below I am wearing some black mercedes gel-pac cutout loafers which only cost me about $28 bucks, and they are very comfortable and durable, quite easy to slip off, and made for traveling.” Clifford looking surprised and startled by the woman’s response. “Okay, what about you, Julia?” said clifford looking to digress from the verbal choke hold given to him by the lady in front of him. “Well, right now,” said Julia looking down at her $7 dollar brown Greta leather thong sandals made by Earth Spirit, “I am so glad you purchased them for me, they are very comfortable and made of a water-based adhesives, and these sandals are also slip resistant outsole just made for walking comfortably at airports, and I love them for the gel in the sole are so helpful when walking.-” “Yes, and I also purchase those Blue plaid Canvas Mule Mary James for the Jazz festival,” said Clifford smiling as if waiting for a kiss from Julia, ” I only paid $4 bucks for them-.”


Julia kissing and hugging on Clifford. “Yeah! What I like about them is the velcro Mary-James straps, so it was made with traveling and comfort in mind.” Julia opens her purse, and reveals a beautiful diamond charm bracelet that dazzled, it had flattened heart links that dangled under the diamond cuts. “Wooe! Where did you find that bracelet,-” “Speak no more,” Julia said. “I still say yes to you all the way, for you purchase me three comfortable shoes for this trip, and to mention those ugly but comfortable brown Creek shoes made by Earth Spirit, they were only $20 dollars at Wal-Mart. I like them.” Julia and Clifford went through the mandatory checkpoint at the airport with ease, and the last time we saw them, it was at a movie.


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30 Day Diary

Day one…

The Secret is this metaphysical movie/book that basically claims that there is a law that governs everything that has occurred in my life. This law, is called ATTRACTION. This law says I will receive in physical form what I give my dominant thoughts, feelings, and attention to. According to the Quantum physics, metaphysics, and renown authors such as Jack Canfield, in the film, my life i.e. my money is a reflection of what I have been focusing on. (Excuse the grammar this is a diary) So, I am going to take one wish and focus on this wish and record what happens on a daily basis as I apply these tools in my life. What I want –


To generate $400 a week selling 40 copies of my CD at $10 each.


I will report the facts and you will hear from me soon.


Anaya


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A Practical Guide to Surviving Academically as an Undergraduate

It can be intimidating for new college students to survive in the academic setting of college. Though many may have heard of advice on studying and avoiding wild frat parties, there are also some practical tips on surviving college as a new student.

Focus on your strengths and schedule classes accordingly


Most schools require incoming students to take an entrance exam before registering for courses. That exam usually measures students’ proficiency in English, mathematics, reading, and science. Colleges use the results to determine students’ ability to succeed in these areas and to advise them on the type of general courses that students will be required to take. While it is crucial to take these courses to have a well rounded education, it is a mistake to start off college by taking general education classes. Instead, a student should initially focus on classes they find interesting. For example, if you like dance or swimming, go ahead and take that class in your first semester. Chances are that you will get an A in the course and that will give your GPA an early boost.


Keep a manageable courseload


Consider taking the minimum amount of credits to be considered a full time student. For most colleges on the semester system this is a 12 credit course load. If you are concerned with finishing in four years, then make up the credits by taking 6 to 9 credits in the summer months to stay on schedule. With a lighter course load, you will be able to give maximum attention to your classes.


Supplement your studies


During breaks from school, use the time wisely by exploring internship opportunities. The school breaks are great opportunities to find opportunities near and away from your campus. In fact, don’t be limited to what internship opportunities that your school offers. There are plenty of internship opportunities all over and don’t be afraid to devote a semester to a 12-credit internship. When you return to school from the internship experience, you will have practical career experience that will undoubtedly contribute to your classroom discussions. Most importantly, the semester will be totally dedicated to something you are interested in and will certainly earn you a high grade.


Seek out mentors


In order to be successful in any facet of life, you need to have good, wise counsel. Therefore, seek out mentors and/or advisors who have your best interest at heart and are willing and able to coach you to success. This can include, but is not limited to, professors, academic advisors, student organization advisors, and/or upperclassmen. Remember, it may be nerve-racking at first to approach some of these people, especially professors, but they are there to help lead you to success. So, look at them as colleagues instead of superiors. Likewise, older students can provide you with tips on the best professors for certain courses so don’t be afraid to get out there and ask around.


Disclosure:
Please note that this article is for informational purpose only.


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Alexander Hamilton: The Creator of America's Financial System

Hidden around a gently Broadway’s gently curving bend in lower Manhattan just in front of The Museum of American Finance www.moaf.org/index is a small plaque that commemorates the subscription that friends of Alexander Hamilton were forced to take up to provide for the Secretary of the Treasury’s family.

Alexander Hamilton, the brilliant, but mercurial aid to General Washington, stalwart patriot and architect of America’s financial system, left a family destitute when he perished on the lonely cliff-side of Weehawken New Jersey at the hands of Aaron Burr, one of America’s most mysterious men.


General Washington never showed his greatness as a man and leader to any more advantage then when he rode herd on his brilliant aide, Alexander Hamilton. Although Hamilton was chomping at the bit to win honor and glory during the Revolutionary war and perhaps die a martyr’s death as well, the wise General recognized a keen mind when he saw one and destined young Alexander for better things than cannon fodder.


Alexander Hamilton, unlike the rest of the founding fathers, was not a native son. Rather, he was a bastard from the West Indian island of Nevis and this rocky beginning undoubtedly plagued him with his out-sized need to win respect.


Although General Washington could keep Hamilton alive, keeping him out of trouble was a different matter. When offered a command during the Whiskey rebellion his deft mishandling and lack of diplomacy further fanned the flames.


The Whiskey Rebellion occurred when the farmers of Western Pennsylvania who had earlier revolted against taxation without representation decided that they didn’t like taxation with representation much either. But the nascent government had to get money from somewhere. Income taxes would not be levied until the Civil War and even then would be dismissed as unconstitutional. It would await an amendment to the constitution occasioned by America’s need to fund the ferocious costs of the First World War before our country would switch from an excise-based tax system to a progressive system based on an income tax.


For the first hundred years taxes were based on taxes on imports and production. a system that did us service when our incomes and productive capacity were low. Under this system, buying from foreigners was discouraged and money kept at home.


But whiskey was wealth to Pennsylvania farmers. Corn, bulky and costly to transport was distilled into more portable and vastly more valuable whiskey. For this reason, the trade was a tempting cash cow. The decision to pay the bills of the new republic from the pockets of the Pennsylvania farmers put them in open revolt.


Washington, a man always given to diplomacy before force, had passed Hamilton’s Whiskey Tax with reluctance. When the country rose up in arms, his first instinct was negotiation. But Hamilton’s more war-like view prevailed and soon both Whiskey rebels and the moderates who were trying to talk their neighbors down were jailed alike.


Although Hamilton would take pride in his first taste of combat, Washington would quietly pardon the leaders of the rebellion. Thomas Jefferson, never a strong fan of Hamilton, grew ever more convinced that Hamilton was a dangerous man. His fiery temperament would eventually cost Hamilton his life.
Jefferson and Hamilton had vastly different views of the future of America. Jefferson, a gentleman farmer was plagued with distrust of the great unwashed all his life. Although he railed passionately on about freedom and liberty, he was a natural aristocrat who ran his holdings with slave labor and had none of the mixed feelings about it that plagued Washington.


Jefferson believed that farms and the land would be the source of America’s wealth. He distrusted banks and bankers and has been quoted as saying:


“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”
Thomas Jefferson, (Attributed)
3rd president of US (1743 – 1826)


Jefferson was of the passionate opinion that the vote be restricted to free, white property owners. His rationale was that since tradesmen were dependent on the custom of their social betters they could not truly vote their consciences. Only those who had independent wealth could truly honestly serve the needs of their country.


Hamilton, on the other hand believed that agriculture was too narrow an economic base and he wanted to foster industrialism for the growth and development of the nation. Hamilton, first Secretary of the Treasury and architect of America’s monetary and tax systems never met a bank he didn’t like until he met Aaron Burr and his bank.


Aaron Burr was a slippery character who had something to unite Hamilton and Jefferson. They both abhorred the ideas of this conniving man. And Jefferson and Hamilton, while philosophically opposed on so many issues, each granted the fundamental honesty of the other. Not so Burr, who refused to firmly commit himself to any one faction and was thus distrusted by all.


Burr twisted Jefferson’s tail with his clever plot to enfranchise the common man by purchasing land and then subdividing it into postage-stamp sized lots that made his supporters “land-owners.” Then there was his nifty trick of slipping a bank-charter into the bill providing for the establishment of New York City’s water supply. This little Trojan horse established an ancestor of today’s Chase Bank. The “Manhattan” of the former name of Chase Manhattan was derived from the “Manhattan Water Company” the bank reluctantly and secretly chartered by thirsty New Yorkers.


But Jefferson was never stupid enough to cross him. Hot tempered Hamilton did and paid with his life on the deserted cliffs of New Jersey. After a scrap with Burr, he insisted on a duel and to his family’s everlasting regret, Hamilton got just what he was asking for. This brilliant man who once advocated for a half-cent coin so that the poor could take advantage of lower prices probably never dreamed that his own family would be among the poor. But after his ill-advised duel, his widow was indeed left without so much as a half-cent and his loyal friends banded together to raise money for her support.


As for Burr? The duel that he fought for his honor destroyed it. In 1806 he lost the last shreds of his reputation in an ill-advised attempt to foment rebellion against the United States. The Burr Plot of 1806 was an attempt to carve out a new nation either from America’s Mississippi valley or from former Spanish territory near Florida. This poor-man’s civil war went nowhere and is forgotten today except by historians, but it furnishes a key plot point Edward Everett Hale’s classic short story, “The Man Without a Country.” Some people believe that the unquiet ghost of Aaron Burr still haunts New York’s Morris- Jumel Mansion, where Washington was headquartered in the Fall of 1776 and where Aaron Burr and his wife once lived.


Sources:


http://www.britannica.com/blogs/2009/01/10-the-whiskey-rebellion-the-10-worst-decisions-by-us-presidents/


http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/ops/whiskey_rebellion.htm


http://www.lewrockwell.com/rothbard/rothbard1.html


http://www.quotationspage.com/quote/37700.html


http://www.notablebiographies.com/Br-Ca/Burr-Aaron.html


http://www.morrisjumel.org/history/index.php?sec=hist


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Aquapod: Poland Spring's Natural Spring Water for Kids

As a bzzagent, I recently had the privilege of testing Poland Spring’s new natural spring water designed for kids. I have 2 children ages 7 and 5, and know the importance of drinking water everyday. The problem is not all children like water. They think it is boring mostly because they are exposed to so many fancy carbonated beverages and sugar drinks disguised as juice. Poland Spring wanted to do something about this and here is what I learned from participating in this campaign.

I received 2 free bottles of Aquapod water in the mail. In addition I received a coupon for 1 free 8 pack of water bottles. Each bottle is 11oz of pure natural spring water. So how is it geared toward kids you ask? The design of the bottle. Poland Spring describes it as a bubble-shaped bottle. They felt that if the bottle could grab kids interest they would begin drinking more of it, and in turn live healthier lives.


Does changing the shape of the bottle really get kids attention? My kids were already water drinkers, but still found fascination with the bottle. My daughter thought it looked like a rocket ship and I thought it looked like a space shuttle. I must admit it was a clever design. The real test came when I took some sample bottles to my nieces who never drink water at all. They wanted one right away. Not only did they drink the water, but my nephew kept the bottle afterwards to play with it (Aquapods were designed to float). I say, yes, the shape of the bottle does make a difference.


Besides everyday household use, how could you make the best use of these Aquapods? Here are some suggestions: take them to the beach, on a picnic, to the park, on vacations, on car trips (water doesn’t stain), to sporting events or practices, in school lunches, or for snack time. The possibilities are endless.


Where can you get some Aquapod’s for your kids? These bottles sell for $2.99 an 8 pack and can be purchased at any Wal-mart, Publix, Safeway, Stop N Shop, or regular grocery store.


At birth your child’s weight was 75% water. Don’t you think it makes sense that your kid’s bodies need water each and every day to stay healthy? I am convinced that water should be the main drink for kids and adults alike. I am very glad that Poland Spring found a unique way to help us get our kids interested in water and in turn teaching our children to develop healthy habits.


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30 Daily Inspirational Quotes to Maximize Your Potential

“Success may be measured in determination, but only those who persevere ever see success.”


-S.K. Gibson


Explanation: For you to interpret; My interpretation of this quote is that anyone can want anything bad enough to try anything once, but those of us who can persevere and keep trying through the struggles are the ones who will reach our goals and see success in life.


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300: Sin City Meets Kingdon of Heaven

The number 300 stands for the calorie intake of the entire cast as they trained to be in this film. No seriously, did the abs on Leonidas and his soldiers do all the marketing needed to get this film to $100 million in two weeks? I have seen 863 movies and this is the first film where people clapped before, during and after the film was over; it was that good! I haven’t given a film an A+ since The Pursuit of Happyness and The History of Violence but this film was definitely oozing epic quality.

The opening scenes that created the true definition of a Spartan, the strength of its women, the conviction of its people to stand and live for freedom captures the men viewers with its aggression and ‘butt-kickery’, the women viewers with its women of power and the film critics’ approval with the extraordinary script and visual effects of this film.


As I watched this film, I extracted numerous themes.


Theme number one: Duty. Leonidas (Gerard Butler) played a charismatic, honorable king that lived everything to fullest: Loving his wife, his tradition, his culture, and his people. First we see Leonidas trying to get the support of his council. Second we see him seek the approval of his wife. Lastly we see him get the approval of his best men. Although greed and politics stacked the chips against him getting the amount of soldiers he needed, he took the godly council of his wife and did what was right even though it was a fatal decision. Did it not remind you of the biblical story where Sampson opened up a can of you know what with a donkey bone on thousands of God-opposers?


Leonidas took his warrior upbringing and instilled in his people that nothing is more important that freedom…not even living. You learn that since age 7, he was bred to preserve the honor and valor of his bloodline and what a historic and visually juicy tale to have to portray violence so beautifully in all its gore.


Sidebar, I still can’t believe this is the same yummy guy who was Lara Croft’s ex boyfriend in the last Tomb Raider movie! What a wonderful transformation Gerard! You really stepped up and perfected the craft of acting in this role!


Theme number two: Temptation. Theron (Dominic West), the corrupt, traitor who bit off more that he could chew played an excellent villain along with XerXes (Rodrigo Santoro). These men were Leonidas’ equal in evil. Theron was an example of evil in political terms being a bribe puppet of Xerxes. Whereas, Xerxes was on power-drunken warpath because he could not accept defeat in seeing that complete dictatorship is not as popular as democracy even in a regal realm. Xerxes was a reminder to the audience that if you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything even if standing means death. Pride can tempt the best men especially when money is the weighing persuader. Leonidas had such great HILARIOUS lines of courage and the scrotum the size of casaba melons. Xerxes explained that he had so many men that the arrows would “blot out the son.” Leonidas’ response was, “We will fight in the shade.” And they did…laughing. Leonidas and his men’s showmanship gave the word ballsy new meaning. Leonidas walked and exuded a man of duty and character. I can see why his wife would kill for him just for even trying to smudge his name.


Second sidebar, Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey) held it down for women everywhere. She was the epitome of the women’s movement. As queen she showed strength, support and exemplary leadership. She was a true wife to the end (even during her one discretion with Theron). She demonstrated that it is not always ones actions but ones motives that should be examined when making life altering decisions.


Theme number three: Loyalty. Leonidas never turned his back on his convictions. That example has kept his plight in history books today and inspired the survivors sent back from that battle to continue the battle far after his demise. His sacrificial death instilled pride in lands far past Persia and the blood with his glorious death-filled battles will definitely put this film in the box office hall of fame.


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Activities At the Breakfast Table

What do we do at the breakfast table? Eating of course. But beyond good nutrition, which enables family members to function all morning, breakfast should include:

1. The plan for the day


2. When we meet again


3. Inspiration and education


4. News of the day


5. Confidence building


6. Love


Of course, it is understood that one person talks while the others eat. If everyone is conversing at once, breakfast will last until lunch! Although parents will do the majority of the talking, it’s important to hear from the younger generation, too. Sometimes a child will tell you about something that’s been bugging him. If possible, settle it right then or before he leaves for the day.


Now, let’s look at these six elements and see how they can easily fit into a short breakfast.


Talk about this first. How does each family member get to work, day-care, and school? How do kids get home? What places will kids go after school and how will they get home from those places? Is there an errand to run on the way home? Who’s preparing dinner? Be specific about times and meeting places. (It’s a good idea to provide children with the telephone number of an at-home neighbor should the meeting plans not work out.).You may also need to mention what needs to be taken along today: a toy, school project, lunch, money, books, Scout cookies, homework, a report, clothes to be dry cleaned. Are these things on the “going” shelf?


The family will usually be together at supper and for a period of time before supper. Sometimes though, a parent may be going on a business trip that will take her away from home for a few days. Whether the separation is to be days or just hours, the reunion needs to be described. These are good lines:


“When I get home from work, I’m looking forward to hearing what happened at day-care.”


“My big meeting is today so I’ll tell you about it at supper tonight.”


“I’ll be back Thursday but I’ll phone tomorrow night at eight to see how your report went.”


“We can use the time before supper to find your lost teddy bear. I know he’s somewhere in the house.”


“It’s home-made pizza tonight so be ready to tell me your favorite topping.”


“On his way home tonight, Grandpa is stopping by just to see you.”


“I’m looking forward to being with you after work.”


Such lines make a link across the hours of separation, hours that seem very long to young children. You know you’ll be together again, but your child needs to be reassured. The fear of separation is reduced when a child understands when you will be with her once more. The child’s fear of being unnecessary to the family (or even abandoned by the family) disappears when the parent shows interest in what the child will be doing during the separation.


We all like something to look forward to. For the family with working parents, the weekend often seems distant, especially on Monday morning! So talk about something nice that will happen on Wednesday and what will be very special about the weekend that is five days away. This means you have to have in mind a mid-week treat and a weekend special event, but that is part of parenting. You don’t just let things happen, you need to make them happen,


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