Children are aware when something sad or scary happens, and get confused when they don’t get explanations. This is an observation by psychologist Tracy Smith, who adds that parents, on the other hand, often ignore the situation because they find it daunting to talk to children about topics that are hard to explain. However, she says you have to explain what is happening because if you don’t, they will look for answers in the wrong places or make assumptions. “Having difficult conversations also strengthens your bond and makes your child feel safe while helping them understand complicated topics,” she says.
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