How to address the recent events around the country with your children
With tensions high and protests around the country and here in Jonesboro in response to the death of George Floyd, Northeast Arkansas News’ spoke with psychologist Dr. Dana Watson to hear about how to best address these events with your children.
“Don’t avoid talking about what is on the news and in our world but do decide what message you want to send to your children and be prepared to respond in a factual and educational way,” says Dr. Watson. “Most certainly be prepared to admit when you don’t have all the answers.”
Watson says its important how you approach the topic based on your child’s age.
Protest started early last week across the country, with protests held in Jonesboro over the past two days.
After former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling down on Floyd’s neck for eight and half minutes, after Floyd repeatedly said, “I can’t breathe.”
Chauvin has since been arrested and charged in Floyd’s death.
Dr. Watson says starting these conversations with your children now is important.
“Regardless of the age of the child it is important to balance acknowledging the reality of racism with the messages about the possibility of change, and the community of allies who are working together to make things better,” says Dr. Dana Watson.
Dr. Watson says children can pick up on when a parent is upset or sad and that it is important to explain your emotions to your child so later down the road, they can bring similar questions or emotions to the table.