Have you been struggling trying to come up with ways to help your kids cope with the tragedy in Newtown? Marilynn Halas, a life coach and children’s book author, has some tips to help you.
- When we must break bad news to our kids it is best to sit beside them or kneel in front of them.
- How much information you share is a personal and ongoing decision, but always tell your child the truth.
- Watch your child’s reaction. Sweaty palm or clenched fists? Tears or shutting down? Don’t force it. Go easy.
- Older kids may look for logic or control in a situation that has neither. Let them process in their own way.
- Older kids need to feel loved as urgently as little ones, they just show it differently. Fear is real for all ages.
Marilynn is also the founder of 4 Sunflowers Media, a company that aims to empower children and parents through storytelling.
For more information about Marilynn and her work, visit her website.