Strategies for Talking With Children About Difficult Issues

Often in our work with families, we encounter difficult topics. A child may initiate a conversation about something that has happened at home that takes you by surprise. Or, you may see and hear children exploring a sensitive topic in their play. However it happens, topics such as birth, death, divorce, loss, illness, violence, substance abuse and domestic abuse are bound to emerge in early childhood programs.


Topic:Mental Health

Keywords:Social emotional developmentEarly childhood developmentSchool readinessMental health

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National Centers: Parent, Family and Community Engagement

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Collection: Tell Me a Story