Communicating Sensitive Issues to a Child
The most precious gifts of earth are children, and they have joyful, unforgettable, and magical experiences. Children are naturally innocent and inquisitive, so it can be difficult explaining sensitive matters to them such as cancer, death, sex, divorce, and alcoholism or substance abuse. How do you explain these sensitive issues to a child? How do you use effective methods to talk to your child at an acceptable level? Have you assessed your own self about your insights and perception on these matters? Let us dig deeper and try to talk about these topics, so we can answer children’s queries in a calm and relaxed manner.
Death is a challenging subject to discuss because no one really knows what happen after death. You can talk about the different stages of dying and process of grieving, but afterlife matters are challenging to explain. In a scientific way, you can answer questions about death using analogy, such as not watering the plants may lead to drying and eventually decay, or if a mirror is broken mirror can never be whole again. Explain the importance of taking care of one’s health and being careful to prevent accidents that may lead to one’s death. Enlighten your children about the different causes of death such as drowning, acute or chronic illness, car accidents, slips and falls, and even old age.
If any of your family members has cancer, or your child heard about it from one of his playmates, you can talk about the bodily changes that the patient might be undergoing such as hair loss because of radiation and chemotherapy. It is a good time to discuss the different types of cancer such as leukemia, lung cancer, liver cancer, or brain cancer. It can be alarming and horrible for children discussing death and cancer so use lighter words as much as possible instead of vulgar or negative words. Children love to also talk about sex because they naturally curious about it, and this topic can be aligned with gender issues. With social media and the online world, gadgets are possible sources of pornographic materials, stirring children’s curiosity about sex, so they want to get some validation from their parents by asking questions. You can simply start with a basic discussion of the reproductive system’s anatomy and physiology in a way that your child will be able to understand.
Children will be soon teenagers, and they are really excited to drive, but teach your child that a DUI violation may require using a monitech device before driving. It is important to teach your children how to become responsible individuals, learning how to manage their thoughts and emotions, most especially if crisis arise.