How to talk to your children about the country’s political climate
By: Jasmine Arenas
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) — Wednesday’s drastic events at the U.S. Capitol were undoubtedly difficult enough for the nation to watch unfold, but how do you help your child understand after seeing from their own perspective?
A OnePoll survey says one in three parents are disheartened by the state of the country and even sadder about having to explain it to their child.
“I tried to explain what is going on and it is a difficult conversation because they do not understand the whole dynamics,” said one parent we spoke to.
Vincent Atchity, President and CEO of Mental Health Colorado, says though children might not fully grasp the concept of the climate of our country, it might be helpful to not expose them to the images and videos of violence shown.
“Those kinds of scenes of violence and disruption are extremely disturbing, they can trouble kids sleep, they can give them nightmares they can unsettle their notions around institutional stability and things like that,” said Atchity.
He suggests depending on their age, parents can determine how detailed they are in explaining what is going on to their children.