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How to Talk With Children About Tragic News Events
May 2022 | Issue 221
parents talking with worried child about tragic event in news

The school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, this week left many parents in a sadly familiar situation: struggling with what they should or shouldn't say to their children about a horrific event. Learn why it's best to filter information about disturbing news, and how to discuss it in ways that your child can understand, adjust to and cope with. Go to the article.  


The infant formula shortage has many parents worried about what to feed their baby if they run out. Neonatologist Steven Abrams, MD, FAAP, describes which alternatives may be OK to give some babies for a couple days in a pinch during the shortage. He also discusses unsafe ideas circulating on the internet that can harm your baby. Read more here.

  Silly Symbolic Play 
By the time your child is a toddler, they can start to think in symbols. (This drawing of a dog in a book stands for a dog in real life!). Engage them in pretend play to support this skill. (This banana is a phone! This block is a blueberry that your stuffed animal really wants to snack on!) Make it silly and fun.
Read more in this month's Power of Play article, 3 Ways Your Child Builds Important Life Skills Through Play. Find May's printable play sheets here.
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