As children continue developing, they must be taught emotional intelligence. Therefore, discussing difficult or uncomfortable topics with your child may be a daunting task. The Kangaroo Forest has compiled a list of tips to make this process easier:
Ask your child what they know about the topic
Children often know more than we give them credit for. Therefore, when you introduce a difficult topic, we recommend that you ask your child what they know about the topic. This will provide insight on what your child already understands and in what areas they require more explanation.
Use simple terms
When it comes to difficult topics, it is important to know your audience. Children process information differently than adults do. Given the nature of the discussion, it is important that you use simple terms that your child can understand and relate to. You may also draw comparisons to things your child has experienced in order to ensure better comprehension.
Welcome open dialogue
Given the nature of the discussion, it is important that you encourage your child to be open about their thoughts and feelings. Having open dialogue will allow your child to feel seen and heard, and will convey to them that their feelings and opinions matter.
If you’re sharing news with your child that they may have difficulty coping with, it is crucial that you provide reassurance. Explain to your child that their feelings and concerns are valid, and reassure them that they are safe.
At The Kangaroo Forest, we teach our students the importance of effective communication through interactive learning experiences. Interested in learning more? Contact us today!