Need Help Talking About the 2016 U.S. Election Results With Your Kids? 3 Tips to Make It Easier! by Dr. Jamie Krenn

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7 years ago

Need Help Talking About the 2016 U.S. Election Results With Your Kids? 3 Tips to Make It Easier!

Unexpected information in any situation is disarming. Today, many Americans woke up to unexpected news. Information from various media outlets disseminated for some time a particular candidate would carry the majority of support over the course of the November 8, 2016 evening. Here are some tips to help parents begin to interpret recent events on the news with their kids:

  • Emotions will speak on screen; let your children’s emotions speak. Feelings are high on the screen and maybe in your household. Reporters capture how the nation is feeling. Rightly so. Help explain why the country may be feeling what they are feeling.
  • Slow it down. News stories are meant to be a digestible pace for viewers. Networks reach more people this way. Adults can benefit from slowing down their thinking and speak to process events for young minds.
  • Dare to be quiet. Listen to televised stories with children. We all just need a moment to take it all in on both sides.

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Elisa Schmitz
Excellent tips for a world-changing day, Dr. Jamie Krenn - thank you for sharing your wisdom with us!
Meredith Schneider
Awesome tips! We had a lot of interesting deep conversations in our house since last night! And now this afternoon when kids got home from school them telling us what they hear other kids say at school. Taking deep breaths and one conversation at a time. Pass the wine!
Dr. Jamie Krenn
Thanks all for your support and kind comments.

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