With protests over the violent deaths of black Americans dominating the news, it’s understandable that many kids are feeling scared, confused or angry about the situation. How can parents, many of whom are struggling themselves, help children process what they’re seeing and manage their feelings?
There’s no one right answer. That said, there are a few guidelines parents can keep in mind to help kids deal with troubling news about race and violence.
Becoming a parent is a radical experience, almost overnight people go from being non-parents to parents and undergo a seismic identity shift. Not only have they seen their selves merged into another self in the creation of their children – and hopefully into an enduring relationship – but they have also seen their sense of self revised by the appearance of offspring in the taking on of a new role/identity – that of parent.