Back in the day, there was a pretty clear boundary between kids and the rest of the world. Parents or teachers acted as the gatekeepers of what a child was or wasn’t exposed to and was able to introduce various topics when everyone was ready to handle them. Today, though, everyone has access to everything at all hours of the day, whether we like it or not. Even the most strict parents who restrict time on the internet and subscribe to extremely stringent content filters on their TVs and computers are rendered powerless against the influence of the child’s peers, whose parents may not be quite so vigilant.

Because children have assumed the agency of experiencing all the craziness that is our modern political arena, society, etc., kids may come to parents or teachers with some really difficult questions that take adults off guard. Naturally, some adults may dodge the question and tell the child not to worry about it or to mind their own business. What a squandered opportunity! Whereas a child came to you as a trusted source, you’ve turned them loose on their peers and the internet to figure out an answer.

Rather than shoo them away, read some ways you and the child can navigate some of those tough questions together on Noble Newman.com

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