Parenting: Difficult Conversations
By Life Kit from NPR and Sesame Workshop
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Is Santa Claus real? What happened to the cat? Why is that kid's skin color different? Raising children means facing tough questions. Sesame Workshop's child development experts have 50 years of experience with giving answers. They help us handle three sensitive subjects: magic, race, and death.
||CleanWhen The News Is Scary, What To Say To Kids||Whether a school shooting or a deadly tornado, scary events in the news can leave parents struggling to know when — and how — they should talk with their kids about it. Rosemarie Truglio of Sesame Workshop and Tara Conley, a media studies professor at Montclair State University, give us tips. - Limit their exposure to breaking news. - For the really big stories, pick a quiet moment and start the conversation by asking what kids have heard and how they're feeling. - Give facts and context: Let kids know that most scary news events are rare. Show them where it is happening on a map. - When they ask why something happened, avoid labels like "bad guys." - Encourage kids to process the story through play, art, even video. - Take positive action together.||3/17/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'What If We Lived In Two Houses?' Talking Kids Through Divorce||Even the most amicable split is world-changing for young children. Here are a few key tips for grown-ups trying to help their kids navigate this big transition. - Give children as much heads-up as you can — as soon as you've made a definite decision to split up. - It's a grown-up problem. Don't share details that will confuse your child or hurt your partner. - Don't fear the big feelings or the "pajama truth-bomb." - It's good for kids to talk about a separation — even when it may be painful for adults to hear. - Make sure your kids know that not everything will change. - Keep routines, and toys, consistent, even if they're traveling from one home to another. - Look back together on the good memories.||3/17/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Problem With Toy Guns And Princesses||Whether it's mini-makeup kits, gross-smelling slime or semi-automatic foam-dart guns, every parent or caregiver has fielded requests for toys that they're just not that into. We talk about princesses and superheroes and their influence on kids with Rosemarie Truglio of Sesame Workshop and Lisa Dinella, a gender studies professor at Monmouth University. Here's what to remember: - Banning toys outright can be counterproductive. - Pay more attention to how kids play than what they're playing with. - Fight sexism in the playroom by broadening toy selections. - Talk directly to your kids about your values. - Join in your child's play to help expand the possibilities. - Grossed out? Use toilet toys as a chance to teach science — and manners.||3/17/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
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||CleanDeath: Talking With Kids About The End||Whether it's a goldfish or Grandma, every child will experience a death at some point — and their parents will likely struggle to explain it.||2/24/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTalking Race With Young Children||Even babies notice differences like skin color and hair texture. Here's how to handle conversations about race, racism, diversity and inclusion, even with very young children.||2/24/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs It OK To Lie About Santa And The Tooth Fairy?||When it comes to characters like Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, parents often play along with elaborate charades. But what should grown-ups do when kids ask tough questions?||2/24/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroduction To Parenting: Difficult Conversations||When it comes to characters like Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, parents often play along with elaborate charades. But what should grown-ups do when kids ask tough questions?||2/22/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
I’m loving this both as a mother and a therapist! Clear, concise, and practical with views from both real life parents as well as childhood development professionals.
Perfect little nugget of digestible info
Excellent research/expert based information in a small easy to understand package. Love the recap of the “take always” at the end!
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I love the life kits! Great length, doable, important stuff! Keep it coming!
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