In 2017, it is practically impossible to escape all the frightening stories that are reported in the news on a daily basis. Cable news flows in a 24/7 cycle, and with smartphones and other devices, we are constantly connected to what’s going on in the world.
That’s true for children as well. Years ago, when news was limited to a daily newspaper or newscast, parents could easily shield their kids from events they might fight traumatizing. That is no longer true and parents are left grappling to find ways to explain complex events to their youngsters.
Judith Myers-Walls, Ph.D., Certified Family Life Educator, is a Professor Emerita in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University. She has researched how parents and children discuss war and peace issues.
She joins DadsDivorce to share ways in which parents can explain the daily news of the world to their children, even when those events are scary.