Magazine article Work & Family Life

Responding to Bad and Sad Things That Happen

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Responding to Bad and Sad Things That Happen

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In her book It's OK to Go Up the Slide, Heather Shumaker addresses the distinction between being safe versus feeling safe: "You can't offer complete safety from random events, so don't give false assurances. The trick is to balance direct honesty with a feeling of safety."

Children feel safe when they feel listened to, when they're given real answers and when they can express their feelings. Shumaker suggests these responses to kids' concerns about current events.

Refugees. Focus on the children. Emphasize empathy and safety. You might say, for example, "The children live in a country where there's a war going on. Their families ran away to a new country because they want to stay safe."

School shootings. Even toddlers know that school is a place for kids. …

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