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Talking to Kids About Death

Why Movies Are Teaching My Kid More Than I Am

Meredith Hale | Posted 07.28.2014 | Parents
Meredith Hale

I suppose this cinema-driven loss of innocence has been going on for generations. My mom still recounts my tears upon seeing Bambi's mother get shot, or my grief over the strained friendship between Tod and Copper in The Fox and the Hound.

4 Steps to Talking with Your Children About Tragedy

Smita Malhotra, M.D. | Posted 07.28.2014 | Parents
Smita Malhotra, M.D.

A lot of us have a tendency to not talk about tragedy with our children. And that is only natural. We want to protect them more than anything. We want them to never feel fear. But in this digital age, children will find out about world events.

When Parenting Breaks Your Heart

Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW | Posted 08.02.2014 | Parents
Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW

I wanted to be a mom for a long time before I became one. But I didn't know how tired I'd be. Or how angry I'd get. I had no idea that the stakes would feel so high and the losses would loom so big. Parenting is scary and painful -- it breaks your heart.

I Didn't Know What To Say

Heather Spohr | Posted 06.30.2014 | Parents
Heather Spohr

My 4-year-old daughter Annabel's questions about her deceased older sister Madeline come in phases, and we are currently in a big one.

How I Talked to My Daughter About Death

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 06.22.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Flora Ross

He hugged her back, and looked at me. His eyes were watery. I was not sure if it was from tears or not. She climbed down and said, "We should go so BaBop can rest."

The Existential Weight of Motherhood: 'Will I Die, Mom?'

Kim Siegal | Posted 10.01.2013 | Parents
Kim Siegal

Maybe this is typical of our age. We go through a cycle of some kind of a religious upbringing, then challenge and question it in our youth, come back to it for the sake of our children as young parents and then maybe cling to it more deeply when we're faced with crisis or our own mortality.

What Nobody Prepares You To Have To Tell Your Child

Andrea | Posted 06.26.2013 | Parents

No one tells you that someday you might have to answer questions that don't have answers. No one tells you that you'll have to swallow so many tears to let them cry theirs.

Kelly Ripa On Talking To Your Kids About The Newtown Tragedy (WATCH)

Posted 08.15.2013 | MarloThomas

How should you approach the subject of the the Newtown tragedy with your children? When Kelly Ripa joined me on Mondays With Marlo, she told me that s...

Talking to Young Children About the Death of Young Children

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 02.17.2013 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

It has been many years since my own very young son died, but we think of him often, especially on gray days like today, when he was born. We have created a living legacy to him in how we talked to our children.

Sharing Facts About Newtown With Kids

Sara Carder | Posted 02.17.2013 | Parents
Sara Carder

Sunday night, a group of parents in my son's first grade class began emailing one another to ask if other families had decided to tell their children what happened in Newtown. Parents were worried that if they didn't tell their child, their child would hear about the tragedy at school from kids.

How I Told My Daughters That Their Mother Was Dying

Creekmore World | Posted 11.10.2012 | Parents

This blog post originally appeared on It's A Creekmore World. Trisha Creekmore passed away on October 18th, 2012. Her memorial service was last night....

Carie's Ghost

Suzanne Clores | Posted 12.05.2012 | Parents
Suzanne Clores

What if you and daddy both get sick and die? Who will take care of me? Where will you go?

How Kids Deal With Grief And The Afterlife

Susan McCorkindale | Posted 11.13.2011 | Religion
Susan McCorkindale

According to the experts, there are five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. We also have -- and I respectfully suggest this as a sixth stage -- Hell.

Death, Kindergarten And What The Topics Have In Common

JD Roberto | Posted 10.06.2011 | Parents
JD Roberto

We weren't really talking about death or kindergarten, we were talking about change. These two seemingly ill-matched topics were, in fact, a perfect pairing in the mind of a thoughtful five-year-old.