How to Explain Sensitive Matters to a Child
Children are the most precious gifts on earth, and their experiences are joyful, magical, and unforgettable. Children are naturally innocent and inquisitive, so it can be difficult explaining sensitive matters to them such as cancer, death, sex, divorce, and alcoholism or substance abuse. How can you effectively teach these subjects to a child? Do you feel that your communication skills should be polished to align with a child’s level? Have you assessed your own self about your insights and perception on these matters? Let us dig deeper and try to talk about these topics, so we can answer children’s queries in a calm and relaxed manner.
In terms of death, this subject is difficult to discuss with a child because nobody really knows what happen after death. You can talk about the different stages of dying and process of grieving, but afterlife matters are challenging to explain. When explaining death and dying to a child, it is important to be straightforward about non-existence, using analogy like not watering the plants may lead to drying and eventually decay, or a broken mirror will never be whole as it was. You can incorporate preventive measures such as eating nutritious food and exercising to preserve health and avoid illness, and being extra careful to prevent accidents that may lead to a person’s death. It is also a good idea enumerating possible causes of death such as drowning, chronic illness, car accidents, slips and falls, and even old age.
If you or your loved one has cancer and your child ask questions about it, you can discuss the bodily changes that the person might be undergoing such as hair loss because of chemotherapy and radiation. Teach your child about the different types of cancer that may affect children and adults such as leukemia. It can be alarming and horrible for children discussing death and cancer so use lighter words as much as possible instead of vulgar or negative words. Sex is a sensitive matter, and children begin to wonder how they were created. With online and peers, children learn about sex in their own ways, and by the time they ask you some questions, they possibly have seen sex scenes. You can explain the anatomy and physiology of the reproductive system in a simple way that a child will be able to understand.
Children will be soon teenagers, and they are really excited to drive, but teach your child that a DUI violation may require using a monitech device before driving. Teach your child to be responsible and accountable for their actions.