Sharing Upsetting News with Children

When parents need to tell their children upsetting news, i.e. the cancellation of an exciting trip, the illness of a loved one, an important event in the news or an upcoming separation or divorce, it is best to find a quiet time to do so with plenty of opportunity for the child to ask questions and/or share their emotions. This can mean that parents begin by saying very little, following the child’s lead as the conversation unfolds.