Nebraskans Are Resilient
This past week has been devastating for our state. Homes and businesses have been destroyed, livestock has been lost and farmland is underwater. There’s a looming uncertainty on how long it will take to recover. And as I hear more stories about the victims, I keep hearing (and reading) reporters note how resilient and optimistic Nebraskans have been, in spite of it all.
Can our museum play a role in supporting the resiliency of the hundreds of families that have been affected by these floods? Can we help build resiliency in children?
There are many ways to help children develop resiliency, such as helping them build competency and mastery in skills and allowing them to be creative and play. All of these are built into the experiences we have to offer here at Omaha Children’s Museum.
Throughout the traumatic week in our state, we have remained open and welcoming to families. We’re mindful of our role. Our entire staff understands that, when interacting with our guests, we don’t know what they are going through in their daily lives.
At times like this, seek out special places as a way in which to remind yourself that the glass is, indeed, half full. Model resiliency in front of children and they will mirror the behavior.
“My barn having burned down, I can now see the moon.”
― Mizuta Masahide (17th century Japanese poet and samurai)