There are times when we have to talk with our children about the most awful things. When your child reads something in the paper, or hears about something from a friend, you may have to have a conversation you weren’t prepared for. You can do it. Keep in mind these basic guidelines…
wait for the questions
clarify the question being asked– many times our prior knowledge and fears make us think something more complicated is being asked
answer as simply as possible
you are allowed to say I don’t know
your basic responsibility is to reassure your children how much you do to keep them safe, including helping them learn how to keep themselves safe.
If you have specific concerns about your child and his or her anxiety, please call your pediatrician for a referral.
In essence, having this conversation is showing your child how you think about the world and deal with what feel like unspeakable acts.
David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, left his 8 year old daughter in a pub when she went to the bathroom without letting anyone know and each parent thought she was in the other car. This is a reminder, especially with summer coming up, about having systems with your kids and partners especially in transition times and in big crowds. Especially at parties– don’t assume the other is watching– have a pattern in place.
December is here. Toxic? The Zhu Zhu pets have high levels of antimony, a chemical that probably isn’t good for you. Teenagers have not developed the dorsolateral section of their pre-frontal cortex, which explains driving accidents in teens– according to research and the latest Allstate ads.