Handling questions about disasters and violence

How to navigate questions like: ‘But were the kids in bed when the earthquake came?’

If you, like the rest of us, are facing a tsunami of anxious questioning about ISIS, earthquakes, child abductions and general day-to-day violence in the community, you may be grasping for the words to:

  1. explain them in plain kid-friendly language,
  2. ponder the reasons underlying them in a way that doesn’t cause more angst, and
  3. settle your kid’s minds and hearts for the day ahead.

Fatherly.com has a useful article on this topic. Click on this link if you’re keen to find a way through the waves and onto calm waters.

Tips:

Do you know where your child is all day? Visit their school and see!

Take your child to school and ask them to show you around – where is their classroom? Where do they sit? Where do they eat lunch? Where is the playground? Who is their teacher? Who are their friends? Having this information will make it easier to relate to your child as they tell you about their school life.

Experiences:

Dance with your children – A Fatherhood Legacy Story

Dancing with your children can be a memorable and special moment you share with them. So put on your silly hat and dance with them!