The news is hard for anyone to escape these days– even our kids, who might see a stray notification on our phones or overhear a TV that was left on. A lot of us struggle with what to tell our kids, how much, and when. Here’s how to get those conversations started.
The news is hard for anyone to escape these days– and that includes our kids. Even the littlest ones might see a stray notification on a parent's phone, or overhear something scary from a television that was left on. A lot of us struggle with what to tell our kids, how much, and when. But 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.
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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