Many children in your lives may be confused and even distressed by what they are seeing, hearing, or experiencing in the world. Whether they hear you talking about the protests and unrest, see a snippet on the news, live near some of the peaceful demonstrations or riots, or have experienced injustice or racism first hand, they will have questions. We hope this free one-pager, “How to Talk with Your Kids about Injustice”, will help you with these important conversations.
Even if you don’t have all the answers, even if it’s uncomfortable, it’s important to address their concerns with age-appropriate discussions. It is ok if they see you upset, sad, or angry—this will help them with their compassion. Use these times as an opportunity to teach them to embrace the emotions they are feeling and share with them the vital importance of diversity.
Take care of your mental health and the mental health of those around you, children included. There is a lot of pain in the world right now and there is also a lot of hope. By listening and checking in with our loved ones, we can start building a stronger, healthier world.
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Randy Phelps, PhD
CEO of Give an Hour