Explaining complex issues to children can be a daunting and often frightening task for parents. Issues such as war, crime, poverty, legislation, all can be too complicated for younger children to understand. However, it is necessary for us as parents to be our child’s first resource for their questions and possible anxieties in relation to these topics. Living in a world bombarded with technology and 24 hour news stations, it is next to impossible to shield our children from being exposed to the harsh realities of life. Here are a few tips to assist you in helping your child understand the world as it is today:
1. Openly communicate what is going on—in terms your child understands
2. Ask your child if they understand. Having them confirm their understanding will allow you to know if you need to go further with your explanation.
3. Keep news shows to a minimum. Do not overload your family with continuous news programs; it can get depressing.
4. Make sure your child knows that if they have questions they can come to you. It is an important factor of trust-building if your child feels comfort in knowing they can come to you and discuss these issues openly.
I do hope these tips help you and that you begin to open those doors of communication with your child. Our world is not the same and things happen every day. I would much rather my child come to me to find out than to listen to someone else and be misinformed. Remember, parents are the child’s first teachers.
Peace and Blessings!