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Common Sense Parenting: Explaining Death and Dying to Your Kids

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Death might be a natural part of life; nevertheless, kids – particularly young children – aren’t always acquainted with the term and its meaning.

While explaining death to your child might not be effortless, it’s crucial to be as candid with your kids as you are able to in order for them to effectively open themselves to mourning and later on, healing.

Keep an open mind when instructing your kids about dying. It’s not an easy matter to talk about, especially if you’re going through a period of heartache yourself.

Be receptive to your children asking questions and respond to them to the best of your ability.

Be sure to explain that each individual grieves differently and that it’s alright for them to grieve in their own way, providing they’re not destructive to themselves or other people. It’s normal for kids to forget that death is a permanent state and they might ask when a beloved pet will be coming back or when daddy will be home.

Depending on the circumstances surrounding the death, it might be harder for you to explain to your child. An elderly individual dying is a bit easier to explain than the family dog being hit by an automobile or a close acquaintance or relative dying abruptly in an automobile accident or similar situation.

In the case of a pet, it might be tempting to allege that Fido escaped, but be mindful that you’re possibly leaving hope to your kids that Fido will find his way back home. It’s better to allow your children know that Fido was hit by an automobile and passed away from his wounds than to instill false hope that one day Fido will come back.

If a close relative is abruptly gone from your life, particularly a youngsters parent, it can be a mind-numbing experience. Children have expressed guilt over the departure of a parent or close relative. If the youngster is old enough to understand the circumstances, it’s all right to share the details. It’s also okay, however, to merely assure the child that the individual has passed away. Kids tend to take language literally instead of figuratively, so make sure to use direct language and avoid any euphemisms.

Explain that death and dying are normal parts of life and that everybody will one day pass away themselves. It might be dreadful for kids to learn of their mortality, but it will help them cope to discover that death is a natural event. Open yourself up to respond to any questions that your child might have and you’ll not only teach him or her a life lesson, but likewise help your child grieve and mend.

Keeping Your Child Healthy – Naturally

When parents think about their child’s health, it is important that they not only consider the physical wellbeing of the child, but the psychological and social health as well.

This broad field of children’s health includes psychological issues surrounding mood, behavior, learning, and concentration, as well as physical areas such as appetite, bedwetting, fever, sleep, chicken pox, tantrums, weight loss, and more.

It even includes complicated, and increasingly diagnosed behavioral health issues like Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

At Native Remedies you will find a comprehensive set of herbal remedies to help you manage and optimize your child’s health – naturally and safely.

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