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What's your reaction when your child shares disturbing information?

07-Sep-2017

Though it may be difficult to suppress an immediate, emotional reaction based on what you hear, try to resist a quick answer.


Reacting too quickly may cause your child to withhold additional information, out of fear of judgment or punishment. 


Worse, it may make them reluctant to come to you with similar matters in the future. 


The goal is to remain calm, assess the situation, and formulate a thoughtful, measured response.
“Thanks for being honest with me is there anything else you want to share?” 


Thank them for having the courage to confide in you; then establish firm guidelines for addressing and resolving the situation, and end the conversation on a positive, reassuring note.


Let your child know you’re on their side to solve or correct the situation.