Talking to Kids about Difficult Current Events: Part 1

Your child walks through the family room as the sound of gunfire spills from the television, and he inquires about images of soldiers and civilians.  

“Why are those children crying?” A question a mom is forced to answer as her daughter looked at the front page of USA Today while standing in line at Walgreens.  

Your sleepy-eyed first grader peeks over your shoulder as you scan CNN on your ipad with morning coffee, and he is confused by the images that appeared before you had time to scroll forward. 

The news is everywhere.  On our television screens.  On the newspaper stands of every grocery store, drugstore or Starbucks.  On our tablets and phones.  We want to stay connected with the world and we have little eyes and ears around us at all times. 

Our kids overhear conversations at school, at home and in a dozen other settings where we exist as families.  It’s becoming more and more difficult to selectively expose them to age-appropriate content about current events in our media-saturated culture.  

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