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Feed The Good Wolf

There’s an old story that makes the Facebook rounds now and then. There are a few versions of it, but the gist is the same each time.

Click here for the source of this version of the wolf story and its accompanying art.

Click here for the source of this version of the wolf story and its accompanying art.


One bright winter day, a young Cherokee boy was out for a walk with his grandfather. Pausing to rest against a snowy winter pine, the grandfather looked at his growing grandson.

“A fight is going on inside me,” the wise old man said. “It is a terrible fight between two wolves. One wolf is evil, unhappy, and ugly. He is anger and greed. He spreads lies and deceit and pain.”

The grandfather paused. Gazing misty-eyed into the sea of trees, he continued.

“The other wolf is beautiful and good. He is friendly, joyful, loving, worthy, humble, and kind. He spreads inspiration wholeheartedly and has a deep vision beyond ordinary wisdom. But they are in constant battle with each other.”

Glancing back to the young boy he finished, “The same battle is going on inside you, my son, and inside all human beings.”

The boy thought about this. After a moment, he looked back at his grandfather and asked, “Grandfather, which wolf is going to win?”

The Grandfather smiled and grabbed the boy’s hand, leading him past the snowy pines.

“Whichever one you feed.” Read More…

Helping Children Deal With Tragedy


Remember to keep it as simple as possible. Be honest and reassuring.

This week, we all held our collective breath, watching the news and scanning the Internet as reports flooded in about the Boston Marathon bombing. Such an emotional, stressful event naturally brings up past trauma, and so many of us were remembering 9/11 as we were bombarded with images that seemed eerily familier: smoke, injured and frightened people, a city street in broad daylight, and emergency personnel rushing in toward the unknown. When something this horrific happens, it’s difficult for people to cope with their feelings and the anxiety and fear that such an event might elicit. For children, these events are frightening in and of themselves, and then those feelings can be compounded by a sense of confusion and insecurity. Here are some tips for talking to your child(ren) after a tragic or traumatic event.

1. Keep it simple: Remember that while the Boston Marathon bombing may evoke memories of 9/11 or other tragedies for you, your child may be experiencing this type of event for the first time. Try to focus on the event at hand so that your conversation does not turn into a long discussion of multiple tragedies. Read More…

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