Talking to Your Child About World Events

With continuing reminders of violence and disasters in the media, I often get asked how to address these difficult topics with children. This first week back to school has been no different in light of recent news stories. To help you with these potentially difficult conversations at home,  here are some basic tips…

 

  • Try and keep routines as normal as possible. Kids gain security from the predictability of routines.
  • Limit exposure to television and the news.
  • Be honest with kids and share with them as much information as they are developmentally able to handle.
  • Listen to kids’ fears and concerns.
  • Reassure kids that the world is a good place to be, but that there are people who do bad things.
  • You must assess your own response to the crisis and stress first, so you are fully ready to support your child.
  • Rebuild and reaffirm attachments and relationships.


Here are some additional resources on how to talk about and address the news and world events in an age-appropriate manner.

Article contributed by ES Councelor Lindsey Moore
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