Talking with & Guiding Children Through Tough Issues

 We long for the day that natural disasters and senseless violence will be but a distant memory. Yet our children are exposed to these horrific events in the media on a regular basis. How can we guide them in ways that will help them to grow into mature adults? How can we quell our own fears while keeping them calm and feeling safe?

The links below offer some guidance for what to say (and what not to say), for what to do (and what not to do), and how to help children navigate the tough issues in their lives.
     Support for children, teens, and families after the death of a parent

Helping Children Cope with Loss, Death, and Grief: Tips for Teachers and Parents

Helping Children and Youth Cope with Violence and Disasters
     from the National Institute of Mental Health

Helping Children to Feel Safe After a Tragedy
     from's parent page

Talking with Children After Tragic Events

Resource to use at home after a traumatic event and/or natural disaster

Talking About Death with Children

Pornography - What To Do When a Child Has Been Exposed




Good Grief: Helping Groups of Children When a Friend Dies by Sandra Sutherland Fox
Help Me Say Goodbye: Activities for Helping Kids Cope When a Special Person Dies by Janis Silverman
Sad Isn't Bad: A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing with Loss by Michaelene Mundy


Children's Books about Death, Loss, and Coping

Badger's Paring Gifts by Susan Varley
Everett Anderson's Goodbye by Lucille Clifton
The Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo Buscaglia
I Remember Miss Perry by Pat Brisson
The 10th Good Thing About Barney by Judith Viorst
Tear Soup by Pat Schwiebert
Waterbugs and Dragonflies by Doris Stickney