Talking tricky stuff with kids
Image: Birdie and the Flood, Andrea Murray & Anil Tortop
It's been two years of ups and downs in a global pandemic, unrest in the Ukraine, and more locally for us, the recent weather events causing significant floods, storms, damage and loss to many in our community means our hearts are breaking and our heads are overloaded!
It's been a hard time lately to be an adult, let alone a child who is just learning to understand the world and your place in it.
We all know that our kids will have many questions, concerns and fears and it our job to support them through it. A few things we can all do:
Address their fears with them: let them know it's ok to be worried
Listen to their questions: really listen, reflect and let them know you hear them
Give them a sense of hope and action: help them to make sense of their concerns
Respond in an age appropriate way
The team of amazing educators at Staverton always respond in such wonderful age appropriate ways. Some suggestions from them this week to support your child to make sense of the events in our local community are below:
WATCH: This video from Emerging Minds introduced ways for parents and carers to manage media coverage of traumatic events, and talk to their children about their worries and fears.
Birdie and the Flood is a good story to read, it may spark conversations with your child about how they are feeling.
Go gently everyone. It's been tricky for us all.