My 5 year old came home form Kindergarten today talking about the earthquake and fire drills they had done at school. I grew up in California where earthquake drills were a normal part of school. I remember the Northridge Earthquake and my aunt holding up her china hutch as we all hid under the dining room table.
The other night while eating dinner Kaila looked up to me and said “mommy, there has been earthquakes, and tsunamis, and now there are tornadoes. It’s bad over there.” She was right though and at only 5 years old she had started to understand the rest of the world. Its important to talk to kids so they are not afraid.
I picked her up from school today and as she got in the car she had a concerned look on her face so I asked her what was wrong. She began to tell me about a conversation she had with her friend Saki at recess. Saki’s family is Japanese and her and Saki agreed they wanted to help the people who were hurt. Come to find out her and her friends have been talking about it for two weeks now.
There’s such a deep understanding for such a young child but it made me think about how we talk to her about current events. I’ve come to realize a few things when it comes to talking with your kids about current events:
- Find out how much they know, ask them questions and have a conversation.
- Be honest.
- Don’t try and hide the truth.
- Help them find a way to help if possible.
- Help them relate to the situation and make it a learning experience.
Do your children ask you about current events?