When tragedy strikes and our news feeds fill with heartbreak and outrage, it’s hard enough to manage our own feelings of sadness and worry, let alone find ways to talk to kids about what’s happening and help them understand what they heard on the playground or saw on the screen.
In this special bonus interview Sarah sits down with psychologist and author Dr. Jennifer Freed to understand what’s at stake when our kids encounter scary news, how to talk to older kids about tragic events, how to promote empathy and emotional learning starting with babies and toddlers, and how to get our news without letting it dominate our state of mind.
Links we mentioned in this episode:
- AHA! Attitude. Harmony. Achievement.
- Dr. Freed on Facebook and Twitter
- The phrases Dr. Freed recommended searching, along with the name of your area, to find local organizations similar to hers, are “social-emotional learning” and “mindfulness education”
- CHARACTER: Empowering Yourself with Emotional Intelligence (Dr. Freed’s FREE workbook for teens, available via Amazon for Kindle)