Although we may try to shield our children from information that may be upsetting to them, inevitably, they will be exposed to life's challenges and painful realities. We live in the "information age" and children are often bombarded with news from the media that can be upsetting and overwhelming. Children are very aware of the emotions of the adults who care for them and they can quickly tune into the anxiety of their parents and teachers. When dangerous events occur in the world, adults also worry. Often we have not had enough time to deal with our own reactions by the time we are faced with pointed questions from our children. How can we respond to them in a way that is honest, age appropriate, and as reassuring as is possible?
Jean serves as a consultant to a wide variety of early childhood and elementary school programs and provides guidance to parents in both individual and group settings.