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KIDS

PARENT BLOG

Talking About Tough Topics with Kids

By Charity at the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library.

We have all experienced a lot of change and upheaval in our lives in the last year and in the last few months. As we witness events that we struggle to understand, our children are trying to make it sense of it too. They might hear about what’s happening from other children or may see images in the news that are scary and that they don’t understand. This opens the door to having tough conversations with your children to help them make sense of the world. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind to help those conversations go smoothly. 

  1. Take time to process and reflect on what’s happened yourself before starting the conversation. 

  2. Encourage children to ask questions and respect their curiosity. 

  3. Respond honestly and in an age-appropriate way they can understand. You won’t have all the answers and that’s okay. Suggest that you look the answer up or read a book on the topic, together. 

You don’t have to be an expert to have these conversations. Do show empathy and honesty. Remind children of the good that’s all around them. There are always reasons to have hope if we look.


Visit the library’s Kids page for suggestions on children’s books about dealing with fear and anxiety: Don’t Worry and Books for Anxious Kids.

Questions or want more ideas? Email Imagine@thelibrary.org