As a parent, one of the things that you will need to do at some point is to help children understand the tough subjects in life. It could be anything from drinking to the death of a loved one. It's best not to approach the subject in a questioning manner. You should calmly talk to your children, explaining that you don't want them to take part in some behaviors and how to release anger and sadness in a healthy manner.
There will likely be peer pressure while children are at school. They will probably be faced with drinking at a party or even seeing a parent drink, wanting to try it to understand the feeling. There are videos that you can show about drinking and driving. You can also discuss the health effects that drinking has on the body. If you or your spouse drinks, then it might be a time to think about stopping and leading by example.
At some point, there will be a family member who will die. Before death is experienced, you can try getting a pet as there are some pets that won't live for long periods of time. This can help in dealing with loss. If there is a family member who passes away, consider talking to someone at a funeral home, who can help explain what happens when someone dies and how the body is cared for once it reaches the funeral home.
Separation and Divorce
Some parents don't stay together for long periods of time. Whether it's a short separation or a divorce, your children need to understand that it's not their fault. Take them to counseling so that they have someone impartial to talk to and to get feedback from about the situation. Spend time with your children as much as possible, and don't fight with your ex-spouse in front of the children so that they can see that you can get along.
Unfortunately, there are times when children bully each other. Make your children aware that it's not the right thing to do to bully someone. If they see someone being bullied, they need to let an adult know. They should also try to talk to the person being bullied so that they can be a friend.
Whether it’s divorce or death, there are some tough topics that children have to deal with. You can help by talking to them and answering questions in a manner that is easy to understand. Let your children know that they can talk to you, which can lead to an open and trusting relationship.