BANGOR – After last week’s riot on Capitol Hill and now President Donald Trump’s impeachment, children may be asking questions after hearing the news or learning about it in school.
Associate Vice President of Pediatric and Community Services at Acadia Hospital Chris McLaughlin said parents should start by checking in on their kids and seeing what they’ve heard before explaining the situation.
He said parents shouldn’t go in depth about the political climate or their own opinions.
“I think it’s an opportunity to remind kids of what it feels like when they didn’t get their way or when they had something that they feel like was really important to them and they lost it, of how that can feel sad or frustrating or angry,” McLaughlin said.
McLaughlin said it’s important to have regularly scheduled listening sessions with kids, so it’s not as difficult to have conversations when big things happen.