How to Talk to Your Kids About Ebola... Without Scaring the Sh*t Out of Them

October 20, 2014 7:32 PM

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How to Talk to Your Kids About Ebola... Without Scaring the Sh*t Out of Them

As human beings, our fear emanates from one of two places: what we don't know and what we don't understand. For our little kiddos, that's pretty much everything! The truth of that statement is easier to understand when we realize that the majority of the processing of information in a child's brain takes place in the amygdala (the flight-or-fight part) which means simply that they're not completely logical when they are frightened. When scared, our kids are more reactionary, spontaneous and... well... panicky! So when we as parents and/or adult caretakers start to flip-out and talk doomsday prep about topics like Ebola, we basically just scare the sh*t out of our kids.

Now don't get me wrong; Ebola is a very scary virus and we do need to educate our children on how to stay safe and be aware of their actions. However, what we DO NOT need to do is talk around or to our children about our frustrations, fears and conspiracy theories regarding our personal beliefs. Dis...

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