May 27, 2022

BEST OF: Handling the News With Our Kids

When the unthinkable happens, how are we supposed to explain it to our children? What do we say, when are they old enough, how do we answer their questions without making them more frightened? In this episode recorded in July 2021, Amy and Margaret discuss how to handle the news with our kids.

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This episode was first recorded in July 2021, before the recent mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, not to mention the ongoing horrors of war in Ukraine. We hope it might be useful for a relisten right now, as many of us struggle with what to tell our kids, how much, and when. If we don't give the kids any context, some older kid in the cafeteria might become their primary source of (mis)information.

We discuss what age is old enough for difficult topics, what to do when the story is close to home, and how we can always lead with reassurance– plus the best ways to consume the news with, and in front of, our kids.

GoFundMe has established an online hub of verified fundraisers supporting victims and loved ones affected by the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, which you can find here.

Here are links to some of the writing on the topic that we discuss in this episode:

Paul Underwood for NYT: Is the News Too Scary for Kids?

NPR Parenting: What To Say To Kids When the News Is Scary

Liz Gumbinner: No, I Don't Know. Please Don't Tell Me

Common Sense Media: Best News Sources for Kids

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