ERIC Number: ED408510
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Talking with Kids about Tough Issues.
Dumas, Lynne S.
Raising a child can be the most gratifying (and the most difficult) job a person can have. Communication is essential when parenting children, and practical guidance in learning how to speak openly and listen attentively is presented in this booklet. It gives parents and caregivers concrete tips and techniques on talking with young children, ages 8 to 12, about hard-to-discuss issues, such as sex and sexuality, drugs and alcohol, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), and violence. Since children already receive information about these topics from television, movies, and other sources, it is important that parents provide accurate insights. The text draws on ideas and opinions of child psychiatrists, psychologists, scientists, doctors, and educators. It opens with an overview of what parents need to know before talking with kids, such as issues on child development, and provides ground rules for discussions (e.g., always use age-appropriate language). Each chapter offers tips for initiating discussions, including ways to ensure that you are understanding the child's level of understanding. Sample questions and answers are provided for each topic. A collection of resources lists boys and girls clubs throughout the country; other organizations for information and referral; and reading materials for parents and children, and other information. (RJM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Children Now, Oakland, CA.; Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Menlo Park, CA.