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Moms Talk Q and A: Talking About Difficult Subjects

How do you discuss challenging subjects to your child that they might see on the street, on television or in the news?

Today, Moms Talk focuses on how parents broach difficult or challenging subjects with their children. The recent earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis in Japan we've followed over the past several days are perfect examples of how children might watch destruction and devastation on television and look to parents for an explanation about how something like this could happen.

How have you approached talking with your children about difficult and sensitive subjects like this? Is there an age where you feel that a child is just too young to be talked with about death?

Please share your thoughts on this subject in the comment section below.

Amy Fothergill March 16, 2011 at 09:54 PM
I do think that children can believe bad things can happen to them or their parents when they hear about death and destruction. Seeing images can make children worried and concerned. Each child is different so I don't think there's a specific age but I'd say around that 9 or 10 yr olds could probably be able to process the information better than a 5 yr old. We've given our children the minimum information and they haven't asked additional questions for now.

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