Every family has a past which they want to shield their children from. It may be a relative with an addition, a past severe mental health issue, a criminal record or simply something you have not yet found the right way to talk to your children about. I will share my tips on if, when, and how we have these conversations with our children.
Here are the highlights:
(2:30) Why it’s important to share family information
(6:45) Timing is everything
(7:50) Try to avoid it being a big conversation
(12:30) Plan explanations in advance so you don’t panic
(15.45) Give you child time to process the information and encourage them to ask questions when they’re ready
(19:00) Accept it’s likely to open old wounds and everyone needs time to heal. Be kind to yourself!
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