Every parent has dealt with tough questions from their child. And they often pop up unexpectedly—when you’re tucking them into bed or when that little voice pipes up from the back seat. National Public Radio (NPR) has partnered with Sesame Workshop’s child development experts to create a podcast called Parenting: Difficult Conversationsto help you answer those tough questions.
The podcast has three episodes so far:
- Is It OK to Lie About Santa and the Tooth Fairy?
- Talking Race with Young Children
- Death: Talking with Kids About the End
The podcasts bring all the care and child appropriateness you expect from the folks who have been behind 50 years of Sesame Street. NPR has distilled some of what they’ve learned so far from the podcast to create five tips to help you handle whatever question pops out of your child when you least expect it.
- When you get a tough question, listen for what the child is really
- Give them facts, but at a pace they can manage.
- “That’s a good question. Let’s find out more together.”
- Reassure them that they are safe and loved.
- Take care of yourself, and don’t be afraid to share your emotions.
The NPR articledigs into each of these five tips with more information to help you answer your child’s tough questions.