There are many challenging things that parents must tackle when it comes to communicating facts to their children. One of the hardest things of all? Talking to them about tragic world events. It’s unfortunate to say, but wars are very real things, and as parents, we both want to educate our children about them as much as we want to protect them from them as well. So how do we communicate these difficult topics with them?
The Art of Presentation
As we already mentioned, we want to protect our children at all costs from the horrors of this world. But at the same time, we want to be honest with them. So how do we reconcile those two points? The answer is that we must master the art of presentation.
This means that we may not be able to be completely honest with them, but we learn to talk to them in such a way that it softens the blow. Sometimes, sugar-coating is a good thing, especially when little kids are involved. Their brains aren’t yet fully developed to comprehend what’s going on, so there’s no need to use such harsh language.
If you’re able to present difficult information in a way that’s easier on their ears, you’ll be succeeding as a parent. It’s not easy, but it’s something we all must deal with at some point.