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Talking to Your Children About Scary Headlines and Tragedies

Sunday, December 17th 2023 10:00am 2 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

Today’s headlines are distressing and continuous. With increasing instances of terror attacks, wars, and intense global disputes, it’s hard to find solace. Moreover, the looming crisis of climate change has led to unprecedented natural disasters, while the frequency of inexplicable shootings keeps growing. As the pandemic transitions from an imminent danger to an endemic issue, it continues to shape our lives. The relentless nature of these grim headlines is hard to digest.

Can you imagine how a child might perceive this?

Our initial reaction is often to shield our children from these events, refraining from discussing such topics. This is a natural response, especially if you believe your child might not come across it. However, for older children or in situations where they might be exposed to news through various mediums, staying silent might not be the best approach. It’s preferable for them to understand the world from you.

Moreover, as guardians, it’s crucial to equip our children with the insight and tools to understand and navigate a world where, unfortunately, calamities occur. The manner in which you address these events can significantly shape their coping mechanisms, both now and in the future.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers numerous guides for parents to assist in these conversations. Here’s a concise guide for parents:

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