tips for talking to your kids about political unrest

tips for talking to your kids about political unrest

DULUTH, MN – The past few weeks in our county have been chaotic, and some parents may be struggling to find the best way to tell their children about these difficult times in history.

Joel Heller said talking about complex and sometimes frightening situations can be easy, but other times it can be difficult.

Wednesday’s attack on the U.S. Capitol made Heller think of her 14-year-old son and how to reassure him in a frightening time.

“All I could think of was how do I explain to Noah what was going on,” Heller said.

Former teacher and political expert Sharon McMahon said being open and honest with your children is a great place to start.

“Kids are more resilient than we think,” McMahon said. “They can handle the truth.”

She said that children are also able to understand complex situations.

“As soon as you start saying ‘I don’t want to talk about it,’ the kids are going to have to go somewhere else to get information, and you don’t necessarily know where they’re going …

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