Sometimes kids draw disturbing things (like guns or car wrecks). If your child's masterpiece freaks you out, know that it likely came from a fear of bad things happening--not wanting to hurt others.
Look closely. Try to figure out what your child's drawing means. A monster is likely fear related, but violence directed at another person (say, someone stabbing someone else) is cause for concern.
Ask about it. If a drawing raises a red flag, it's important to find out what's going on in your kid?s head. Ask about the picture--who is in it, and what he was thinking of when he drew it.
Talk it out. If your kid can't explain it, ask him flat out if there's anything he's afraid of. Once you identify the fear, you can help him work through it.
Originally published in the December 2010 issue of Parents magazine.
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