Sometimes I get overwhelmed and consumed by the stories of negativity and danger in the world. Like many, I feel powerless. In order to gain some sense of control, I have figured out that I can mentally protect my children and students by envisioning them inside a bubble.
I know this analogy has been used to talk about kids not being exposed to necessary growth opportunities. This is not what I am going for at all. I am totally for children falling down and figuring out how to get back up on their own. However, when I hear about the latest school shootings or victims of sexual abuse, I attempt to shroud those in my care with an impenetrable, clear bubble. It is through this mental act that I feel more like a protector than a future victim. It’s not much, but it is what I have.