By Ashly Moore Sheldon • January 22, 2021
Most parents want nothing more than to shield their kids from scary and upsetting things. But try as we might, our little ones pick up on more than we know. They see when their parents are stressed and they may not know how to talk about it. They may even try to protect us by not bringing it up. That's why it's important for adults to take the initiative and address tough topics with their kids. One of the best ways we've found to do that is with a good story. Here are some books that can help get the conversation started and work through their worries.
Back in the early months of 2020, few of us anticipated the massive upheavals ahead due to the coronavirus. In even the most fortunate of circumstances, lives have been upended. These books will help kids put it all into context.
Kids stuck at home (and adults too!) are filled with longing for the people and activities they can't enjoy right now. In these stories the circumstances may be different, but the feelings are spot on.
For many families, the past year has meant shifting dynamics. Whether it's the loss of a loved one, family separation, or just the tension of being cooped up together, navigating these turbulent times can lead to uncertainty and anxiety.
The pandemic has only exacerbated issues of poverty and homelessness. Whether kids are going through hard times themselves, or observing it around them, they may struggle to understand how and why this can happen.
For many parents and caregivers, there is a temptation to just avoid sad and difficult topics with children. But kids are like sponges and they soak in all the energy around them whether we talk about it or not. As adults, we know that ignoring the elephant in the room will not make it go away. Kids often need to be invited to talk about their worries and picking up books that address these tough topics is a great way to get the ball rolling.