Lately the media and discussions have focused on terrorism, violence, and fear. It is frightening enough to adults, but what about the children? How do you tell your child about the bad things in life?
Different parenting methods offer different opinions on this subject. I personally believe it is not one blueprint fits all situations. Each family has to decide what method is best suited for their children.
Some parents think their kids need to be totally informed and usually allow their children to consume a lot of media. Other parents believe their kids need to be shielded from media, and leave their children with blinders on. I believe there is middle ground!
Your first consideration should be age. If a child is preschool age, there is very little they should be told other than the “Stranger Danger Rules.” A child’s safety should be a parent’s number one concern at this age. The evil in this world will enter their realm soon enough.
Now, when kids start elementary school, well… kids talk. And those who have been privy to the news and other questionable media, love to share. Good communication between you and your children will allow your kids a comfort zone, to come talk to you about what they have heard. Then comes honesty with a buffer and your bible. God’s word gives us all of the instruction we should ever need in life on all subjects.
Remember, evil roams this earth from end to end, and children should have a safe place within their home and family structure. Children also need to know there is good and bad in everything. How much they can be told depends on age and what you want them to know. Discuss with your spouse how to handle these questions as a team. Ask your friends with kids, how they handle the discussions about good and bad things in life.
Come up with a solid game plan to combat the evil of this world, from instilling a spirit of fear within our children.
The one thing a parent should not want to do is to bestow upon their children a spirit of fear.
Below are two great bible verses to remember when dealing with your children.
2 Timothy 1:7 “For the Spirit, God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”
1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
God Bless You!
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