38 min

Talking to your kids about gun violence The Parenting Horizons Podcast

    • Parenting

As of 2020, guns are the leading cause of death among children in the United States. This horrific fact has placed American families in a no-win situation: how and when to talk about it with your kids. 



In this episode we discuss how and when to talk to your kids about the epidemic of gun violence. Feelings of anger and despair are prevalent so you can assume your child has heard something, or at the very least, has picked up on feelings.



Like many sensitive subjects, the rules remain the same:

Open and keep open the door to communication. Keep it simple. Keep it truthful. Only answer the questions that you've been asked.



Since emotions about this topic obviously run high, it’s okay to show your feelings in moderation as long as you model recovery as well. You don’t want your children feeling like they have to comfort you.



Finally, we suggest donating to organizations dedicated to countering gun violence like SandyHookPromise.org or Everytown.org

As of 2020, guns are the leading cause of death among children in the United States. This horrific fact has placed American families in a no-win situation: how and when to talk about it with your kids. 



In this episode we discuss how and when to talk to your kids about the epidemic of gun violence. Feelings of anger and despair are prevalent so you can assume your child has heard something, or at the very least, has picked up on feelings.



Like many sensitive subjects, the rules remain the same:

Open and keep open the door to communication. Keep it simple. Keep it truthful. Only answer the questions that you've been asked.



Since emotions about this topic obviously run high, it’s okay to show your feelings in moderation as long as you model recovery as well. You don’t want your children feeling like they have to comfort you.



Finally, we suggest donating to organizations dedicated to countering gun violence like SandyHookPromise.org or Everytown.org

38 min