Raising a child is one of the most gratifying jobs you’ll ever have and one of the toughest. Try as you might to be the best parent you can, our complex world challenges you every day with disturbing issues that are difficult for children to understand and for parents to explain. But explain we must, or we miss a critical opportunity. Research shows that children, especially those between the ages of 8 and 12, want their parents to speak with them about today’s toughest issues, including violence. Even when they reach adolescence, they want to have a caring adult in their lives to discuss these issues. In fact, those who have early conversations are more likely to continue turning to their parents as they become teens. (Author abstract)
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