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Now What Do I Say? Resources for Difficult Conversations

Having difficult conversations with young people has always been important, but with each of the events of the past year they are more necessary and immediate than ever before.

Now, the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol brings with it many difficult questions about democracy, protest, law enforcement, and racism. To help with these and other difficult conversations, CTD offers the following resources that provide frameworks and approaches to talking with children and adolescents.

How to Talk to Your Kids About the Attack On the U.S. Capitol - Britannica for Parents (emphasis on young children)

How to Talk to Children About the Capitol Riots - The Today Show (advice for preschool through high school)

Unpacking Current Events with Our Children - CTD Blog from June 2020

The Family Institute at Northwestern University also has a library of behavioral health resources for review and use. Browse for blogs, podcasts, and webinars on a variety of topics that may be helpful for you as a parent or educator or to address your own needs.


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