Edit Your Life Episode 115: How To Help Kids Through Tragic Events
Like most families in America, we’re processing our heartbreak, anger, and confusion in the wake of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. We’re also grappling with how to help our kids deal with the news. How do we talk to them about school shootings, violence, and other tragic events, especially given that many of them are already talking about it amongst themselves? And how do we communicate with younger kids about safety without terrifying them?
In Episode 115 of Edit Your Life, Asha and I share our experiences with our own kids, who range in age from 6-18. We talk about how to share details in age-appropriate ways (including not sharing at all), give kids space to react, encourage action, and accept that as parents, we simply can’t have all the answers, but we can respond in ways that support our kids, our communities, and ourselves.
Resources mentioned in this episode
- Minimalist Parenting (our book)
- Julie’s Question of the Week comment we mentioned in this episode
- Episode 114: Gender Identity 101 (interview with Casey Brown)
- Episode 110: Untangling Overparenting (interview with Jessica Lahey)
- Episode 79: The Joy of Tweens + Teens
- Episode 104: Talking To Kids About Sexual Harassment (guest interview with Nora Gelperin)
Question Of The Week
How do you take care of YOURSELF during intense or tragic times? Join the discussion on the Edit Your Life Facebook page (look for the Question Of The Week post pinned to the top of the page).
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