SPEAKING | READING | SHARING

LET’S HAVE A CONVERSATION!

Just say when. I’ll be there.

Linda Stallman Gibson at speaking event

Growing up in today’s world has become a daily struggle for both children and their caregivers—among them parents, teachers, grandparents and others who love and mentor their young. How to approach climate issues, death, and violence without turning kids into anxiety-ridden doomsday-sayers?

WHAT DO I WORRY ABOUT?

  • All the grandchildren in the world…
  • Which means all our children…

WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT?

  • Share my writing and my thoughts with you…
  • Listen to what you have to say…

HOW CAN WE HELP?

  • Plan for what to say to our children…
  • How to allow more time for their creative activities…
  • Practice listening better so we hear what they are saying…
  • Suck up their energy and inspiration. We need it—they have it to SPARE…

Linda Stallman Gibson tackles this question in her memoir:

ONCE UPON A TIME OF CATASTROPHE

(currently under review) 

She traces her relationship with her bicultural 7-year-old grandson, Matthew. Highlighted are the tensions and frictions between them (up close and personal), especially her struggle with how best to respond to Matthew’s intuitions about the possibility of the end of life as the two of them know it. How to talk to him? How to keep his youthful confidence and creativity alive in and out of school?

Linda Stallman Gibson reading event

What’s on my mind:

Raising Our Young for an Unpredictable Future

Important issues:

  1. Obsession with Violence – Not All Bad
  2. Significance of Storytelling – Anywhere and Everywhere
  3. The Importance of Listening to Kids Ideas/Stories/Inventions
  4. What’s on your mind? Please add.