The negative news cycle goes on and on.
It’s a scary time to be an adult right now, which means that it can get scary for our children, too. As a child psychiatrist for nearly four decades, I’ve seen that when children are also exposed to the never-ending negative news cycle — even if that just means hearing their parents talk about current events — it makes them feel unsafe, which is often manifested by sleepless nights, anxiety, headaches, clinginess, and belly pain. If that sounds like the way you feel as a result of the news, or the very real stressors going on in the world around you, your children can begin to sense and mimic those feelings at a very young age.
With the four steps ahead, I’ll explain how to put their — and your! — minds at ease.