After a great coffee on Monday with a group of local moms, I was all set to discuss homework this week. However, in light of the recent events in Japan, it all seems inconsequential.
A couple of weeks ago, we shared our thoughts and insight on grieving and loss - particularly how to help our children through the inevitable finality of death. It was very helpful to hear so many perspectives. This week, many of us are trying to figure out how to interpret the news from Japan to our very young children while parents of older children are faced with a lesson from within a tragedy.
We welcome your thoughts on how to talk about newsworthy tragedy with our children. They are surrounded by the information on the news, in school and on the Internet (many home pages load with images of the devastation overseas).
- How much information do we share with the little ones without scaring them? My daughter asked me at breakfast yesterday morning as the earthquake hit Tokyo whether or not our house was going to break apart.
- Is it better to tell the truth or to "gloss over" some facts?
- What are signs that your child may be internalizing the news?
- How do we help our older children appreciate their good fortune when faced with tragedy in others’ lives? At what age can they grasp this concept?
- What can we do in our community to engage our children in international affairs - not just in times of crisis but on a daily basis?