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Family Matters

How to Talk to Your Kids About Current Events

Talk less, listen more

Mother holding a young child on her lap and hugging him close in a reassuring manner. The mother and child’s face are cast down. The mother is wearing a dark shirt and the son is wearing a plaid patterned shirt.
Photo by Jordan Whitt on Unsplash

My first instinct as a mother is to shield and protect my kids from scary things.

When recent events unfolded at our local high school, where a student was shot in a bathroom with a ghost gun, my husband and I spoke in whispers, away from our four children. We didn’t tell them what was happening because it was too close to…

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