Difficult Conversations with Kids

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How to discuss death, divorce, bullying and other difficult topics with your kids. Get advice here.
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According to her mother, 8-year-old J. is "really sweet and loves attention." She goes to her friend's house, does horseback riding, and likes to play board games. She also has cerebral palsy...
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Did your kid just ask you a question about sex? Don't freak out. Here are some tips on fostering an environment in which your child will feel comfortable asking even about normally taboo topics.
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Jeanne Ward, of Annapolis, Md., remembers when she and her husband sat down with their daughters to tell them they were splitting up. The girls, ages 8 and 10 at time, cried and clung to their parents....
Leaving children with a new babysitter or nanny can be stressful for parents, but it's also a big deal for kids. They don't know what to expect. Will the mean ole lady make them eat broccoli (blek!)? Will...
The topic hits the news and you shudder. Nausea sinks into your stomach. Another sexual abuse scandal has been revealed. "Please never let this happen to my children," you think. But here's...
Did your kid just ask you a question about sex? Don't freak out. Here are some tips on fostering an environment in which your child will feel comfortable asking even about normally taboo topics.
Christina Ciani has been talking to her two boys about death since they were preschoolers. Ciani taught her boys, now 8 and 12, that while your body will die, your soul lives on. "Everyone comes....
Politics is an everyday topic of conversation in Stefanie Clarke's house. The Superior, CO mom of two (ages 5 and 11) is active in politics as a professional and a volunteer, so her kids have attended...
Losing a pet can impact the entire family, but it can be particularly traumatic for children because it's usually their first encounter with loss and death.  As parents, we can feel overwhelmed and...
Jeanne Ward, of Annapolis, Md., remembers when she and her husband sat down with their daughters to tell them they were splitting up. The girls, ages 8 and 10 at time, cried and clung to their parents....
The Boston Marathon bombing, the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting...lots of horrible things have been on the news lately. It's hard enough for you to understand and try to deal with them -- how do you...
Christmas is approaching and soon children will be lining up to see Santa Claus and give him a list of Christmas wants. During this magical time, Santa is the ultimate fantasy and symbol of childhood innocence....
The Tooth Fairy: one of the most enchanting figures of modern American mythology. As your child -- or the child you nanny or babysit for -- grows and starts to loose teeth, this magical, gift-giving character...
Discussing natural disasters like the earthquake in Haiti is tough for parents to do with their children. Although these themes are difficult to talk about, it's still important for parents to address their children's fears, thoughts, anxieties, and questions...
In one of my many pre-journalistic lives, I was an activities director at a nursing home. Most of the residents with whom I worked were struggling with some form of mental deterioration. Visits from family members were often difficult: adult children trying to come to grips with a loved one made unfamiliar by Alzheimer's and grandchildren trying to comprehend what Alzheimer's is...
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