Introducing SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME BY LUCY YALDEZIAN When my nephew, Alex, was five, I wanted to give him comfort and guidance in the aftermath of his parents’ divorce. I live several states away and visits were infrequent. I wanted not only to express my love for him in a tangible way, but also to offer him resources he could call upon in a variety of situations he might experience day to day, such as difficulties with expressing his feelings or thoughts, challenges with friendships and any sense of isolation. Someone to Watch Over Me was my way to be there for Alex, heart to heart, even when I couldn’t be there in person. Since that time, Someone to Watch Over Me has broadened in scope and intention. Introducing spirituality into a child’s life today is often problematic for parents. Some don’t have a specific faith or spiritual A L I V E E A S T B A 28 Y d e c e m b e r 2 0 1 6 practice, and struggle with where to start; others perceive a gap between spirituality and religion, and don’t know how to bridge it respectfully. A connection to Spirit can provide security, meaning and strength in navigating an increasingly complex and demanding world— essential resources at any age, but particularly helpful in childhood. Children can benefit so much from knowing that there are many heavenly beings always available to them for guidance, reassurance and help of all kinds. At the same time, they need to see themselves as capable, creative and strong. A child with a deep spiritual connection, coupled with such inner resources, shines brightly in the world.
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