If you are reading directly to children:
- Pause on any screen in which children seem particularly interested or have questions, and use the opportunity to discuss what’s happening.
- Ask questions that allow children to talk about their own experience, such as “What would you tell Baby Bird when he’s upset about not having a nest?” “How do you help yourself feel a little better when you’re worried?” “Who are some people who have helped your family, like Sofia helped Lily’s family and Big Bird helped Mama and Baby Bird?”
- Demonstrate the strategy of breathing and stretching together, and have children do it along with you.
Here are tips for parents reading the story to their children:
- Cuddle up together. Your child can participate by tapping the screen to turn the “pages.”
- When Baby Bird is worried that not having a nest is his fault, ask, “What would you tell Baby Bird?” You might remind your child that it’s never his or her fault, that this is a grown-up problem.
- When Baby Bird remembers his morning stretch, ask your child what you can both do to take care of yourselves. Maybe it’s stretching, breathing deep, or eating together.
- When Lily tells the story of her mom giving her the ribbons, try to think together of similar things that will help in comforting children, and, if possible, give your child that thing (a family picture for her pocket, a string bracelet, a piece of your or a loved one’s clothing, or even a small picture you draw for him).
- Ask your child, “How are we like Mama Bird and Baby Bird?” (We’re brave, we have each other, we keep trying to make things better, we ask for help, and so on.)