Talking with your children about the various changes in their life can be hard to do. Here are some suggestions on how to tackle these difficult conversations.
Depending on their age and development, you will want to focus on age appropriate conversations.
If you don’t have the answers or are unsure of how to respond, don’t feel pressured to give an answer right away. Take some time to reflect on that you think is in the best interest of your child and then return to the conversation. It’s okay to let yourself pause before you answer.
Children often rely on their caregivers to reassure them that they are safe and taken care of. Try to use language that will reassure them that they are not alone and that they are cared for. Even in uncertain times.
Ask your children questions when they start the conversation. Use open ended questions like “how does this make you feel?”, or “what worries you about this?”, or “what would make you feel better?” Give the opportunity for self expression and problem solving to your child.
This article was written by Accessible Professionals Team Member Lindsay King, MSW