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How to talk to kids about hard things

As the world changes all around us children are becoming more and more aware of real life issues.

They may hear adults talking about them, learn things at school or online, and have lots of questions.

As parents and caregivers we want to make sure we’re responding well to our children’s interest in world events, and the lives of other kids.

But sometimes it's hard to know where to start.

We've pulled together resources from child psycologists, teaching experts, and other mums, dads and caregivers to provide a hub of helpful tips and content to get these chats going, so you can feel confident raising little global citizens of the future.

Bringing up kids in 2022

We have an amazing opportunity as parents to open our children’s minds by support them to challenge stereotypes and encouraging them to learn about the world.

So how can I talk to my kids about...?

Refugees?

This year there have been stories of kids who have become separated from their families, or have lost everything. Thinking about refugees and what that means for a child can be worrying. 

Help answer questions or worries your kids may have about refugees.

Gender Equality?

We often hear phrases such as “Boys will be boys''. For young children develop an awareness of gender characteristics by age two, these comments can be more formative than we think.

Encourage your children view all genders as equal. 

Being a global citizen?

Unconscious bias can be unlearned by looking at the assumptions we make about ‘types’ of people, and what they represent. But everyone is deserving of equal kindness and respect.

Help your child to understand that we are all equal.

Teaching kids about the world

Child-friendly ways to broach scary stories on the news, and talking through different topics, such as questions about refugees, child marriage and the importance of girls education.

Helping kids by numbers

Sometimes it can feel overwhelming to broach a subject with your child, or perhaps you worry about pitching information correctly for age or temperament. These tips written by experts will help.

Stories of hope

It can be so easy to feel everything is terrible - but where there are kids there is always hope! Learning how children are shaping the future can help when things feel overwhelming.

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