Talking with Your Kids About Difficult Topics

Talking with Your Kids About Difficult Topics

by Christy Graham LPC
Play Therapist Supervisor
Acorn Counseling Education Services
940.222.8703 • acorncounseling.services

Looking for an approach to having tough talks that doesn’t make your stomach knot up? Talking about life’s most important subjects can easily flow from regular conversation. Let’s focus on some basic rules that can help you talk about those tough talks.

4 Steps To Tough Talks


Be honest.
If something is always true and always has been, treat it like that. Mention it, don’t avoid it, put it in the baby album.

Be curious.
Play games at dinner and in the car that encourage talking. It gets them in the habit of talking out loud about their inner life. With you!

Be clear.
Naming a behavior, a body part, a relationship tells your child what is going on. Demonstrating how to talk about a subject by taking a deep breath and teaching how to talk about something uncomfortable sets a precedent for making the topic open for discussion.

Be focused.
Use everyday opportunities to talk about important topics.

Sitting down to a big ‘talk’ seems like the way to go, but assimilating large amounts of new and emotionally charged information doesn’t come naturally. Talking through life’s core lessons a little bit at a time allows you and your loved ones to explore the issues in deeper ways over time and with less risk for misunderstanding. So the next time your child asks what this is called or describes a bully or asks where babies come from, take a deep breath and Be honest, Be clear, Be curious, and Be focused.


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