Let’s face it, we were really hoping 2021 would be phenomenal. And it still may be. But the images of the violence that took place in our nation’s capital were deeply disturbing and once again, placed us parents in the undesirable position of having to engage in really tough conversations with our kids.
As parents, when chaos and confusion erupt, our immediate thoughts are typically:
How are my children translating these events? Should I raise the subject? If so, how do I go about it?
And: How can I respond without further confusing or traumatizing them?
Navigating difficult terrain is all part of the parenting journey. It will never be easy. But in a crisis, it is mission-critical to help kids make sense of what’s happening and manage any anxiety they may be experiencing.
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