Our televisions have been flooded with programmes about World War I as the centenary year enters it’s last quarter, but does it mean anything to children and does it matter that they recall this conflict that took so many lives? Should young children be exposed to stories of war or should the topic be avoided at all costs? We’d value your views about how you tackle this issue. Arguably there is no wrong or right answer. What has become clear is that when the survivors are not in our midst, when they are not our great-grandparents recalling how it felt for them or telling stories of siblings and school friends they lost, it becomes even more relevant to make a special effort to not let their individual memories simply fade away. A set of medals earned by a faceless person, kept in a top drawer are key to incredible tales of the courage of relatives, fighting on both sides of the conflict.
The children of Grey Coat School share their views.
The Tower of London has created a brilliant initiative #whyremember which allows us all a shared experience. A visit to their world class instillation is a must before November 11th to see the 888,246 ceramic poppies in the Tower mote. They have made it easy for families of all ages to get something from this explosion of red. The purchase of the poppies benefits a series of charities related to the armed services, benefit not just soldiers but their families too. There is an opportunity to add your voice to a survey here
Riverside Cares is particularly impressed with the Tower’s guide for parents and carers of children and people on the autistic spectrum and related conditions click here read it.
If you visit the site which is magnificent share your photos with us on Instagram here #riversidecares and tweet to us your #whyremember impressions.
What Riverside Cares Does: Delivers care from birth to elder family members. Trains the next generation of childcarers. Teaches and shares parenting knowhow and paediatric first aid.