How Parents Can Discuss Difficult Topics

parent-child-talkA few weeks ago, we shared a few tips from Project Recovery Iowa on how parents can talk to kids about natural disasters.

We interviewed Project Recovery Iowa to provide you with more advice on the ways parents can discuss catastrophes and tragic news stories without traumatizing children. Advice includes being sensitive to your children’s reactions and emphasizing the government’s progress to prevent/reduce suffering.

There is also helpful responses based on different age groups (ages 1-5, 6-11, 12-18) and ideas on how to cope with grief.

Read the full interview on how to talk to kids about difficult topics.


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  1. by Laurie Moulton

    On June 13, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Great blog! In addition to the advice you shared, I love using children’s books to help my kids learn about and talk about tough topics.

    When the Japanese tsunami struck, we did a “Japanese family night” to learn more about Japan. We reassured the kids that it was far away, but we also sent money to help those in Japan (and tried to develop empathy).

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