If kids own smartphones or eavesdrop on adults, then they’ve seen or overheard the news. I know— you know where I’m going with this, so check out my free resource just for you ➡️ Tackle Tough Topics Cheat Sheet [Download here].
The news is overwhelming and intimidating enough, and discussing it is even harder.
But we can’t continue to ignore the need for “The Talk” about the hard stuff. It’s one way to keep our kids safe.
“The Talk” is usually associated with Black families and their kids, months before they start grade school or years before they take drivers ED. “The Talk” is meant to help keep our Black kids alive. Period.
Here's what I recall telling my own kids:
🗣 The world works differently for you.
🗣 You must be more cautious. Unfortunately, your mistakes can cost you your life.
However, today— “The Talk” can cover a range of subjects now that our world is more complex than ever. All kids need “The Talk”— they need clarity about what's happening around them and how it impacts their future.
We’re facing topics like guns, race, power, religion, oppression, privilege, money, war, police, and protests…and the list goes on.
The reality is that these topics are NO LONGER off-limits—they’re here and already impacting our kids, us, and our communities on a daily basis.
Friends and families are looking to you for support to have these conversations because they feel unequipped or uninformed about how to tackle these tough topics. However, so are you!
You’re NOT feeling like you’re the right person for teaching others how to have these conversations, either. And I get it.
Here’s the good part though... I’ve included a free resource just for you to boost your tough-convo confidence today. 💪🏾 Yes! I got you, boo! [Download here]
The inner confidence to tackle tough and timely topics can be hard to find when you’re being told to…
…make teaching about slavery and Black History Month optional.
…stay away from discussions that make white people feel guilty.
…ban books about teen pregnancy AND delete dialogue that implies American policy negatively impacts people of color, queer people, and people with disabilities— while you’re at it!
“You can’t teach THAT!” the opposition shouts.
And let me tell you— those shouts have been heard around the world.
Yet after the tragedy in Uvalde, where 19 elementary students and 2 teachers were killed by a mass shooter, we were immediately thrown into navigating how to talk to our children and students about mass shooters, trauma, and mental health— all the hard stuff.
If it felt “too taboo” to talk about anything on the news before Uvalde, the feelings today are quite different.
Here’s how you can have “The Talk” with your kids and be a resource to other parents in your community. [Download here].
This is a resource you will refer back to often. Ask me how I know. 💁🏽♀️💁🏽♀️💁🏽♀️
I’ve been in your shoes, and in the next email, I share exactly what’s worked for me to create a community of trust and belonging.🖤🤎
Reply back and let me know how this resource works for you.