By Sonia Verma
Today's Read was going to be easy: Something something sleep training something. Boom, done. Parents are always writing, reading, blogging and complaining about sleep. It's an evergreen Thing, exactly the kind of material you want to use to draw in readers.
But parents are more than just adults raising children: Yes, we sometimes yearn for sleep, but we also work, read, think and feel. Based on my admittedly journo-heavy Twitter feed, a lot of people — a lot of PARENTS — are thinking about what's happening in Paris. So we'll leave the low-hanging fruit of sleeplessness for another day.
In the meantime, here are some good reads on what's been happening this week.
With shootings, sieges and attacks on the innocent becoming all too common, our kids have questions. If yours are old enough to follow the news, or even just to pick up that something dire is happening, The Telegraph suggests ways to talk to them without turning it into nightmare central.
momstown's Diana Dunnell offers some tips to help kids deal with trauma.
In a sobering moment, late-night TV hosts responded to this week's attacks on the French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo with typical wit, but minus the usual humour.
Canadian and global newspaper cartoonists pay tribute to the targets of the attacks, and to their craft.
And from the how NOT to communicate with your kids file: A U.S. publisher released a graphic anti-ISIS colouring book last year that could well give your child nightmares without offering much by way of hope or coping tactics. No. Just no.
momstown editor Sonia Verma is, in no particular order, a journalist, a human being, and a parent. Some things resonate on all three fronts.