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Family Mental Health Around The Web #11

Greetings everyone.  Today’s Around The Web is about talking with your kids.  Yes, you know how to talk, but do you feel uncomfortable talking about highly personal or difficult topics like sex or drugs and alcohol?  You wouldn’t be alone if you did.

You may also need to take a look at your general style of communication to make sure you are setting the stage for healthy exchange of ideas and feelings.  In other words, make sure you aren’t shutting down communication because of the way you speak and the tone you set.  We do the best we can as parents, but I know I appreciate a brush-up on communication.  We take it for granted because we are used to our own habits.

Have an uncomfortable topic you need to discuss with your kids?  You’ll probably find it at  Sex, drugs, alcohol, death, divorce and more.  The site suggests ways to examine your own views before you begin talking, and offers ways to ease your concerns about starting a difficult conversation. It also frequently suggests offering straight facts to avoid confusion.  It may not make  difficult topics any less difficult, but you can at least have a good game plan going in.  That confidence can make all the difference for a child who’s uncertain and a little scared.

Winning Ways To Talk With Young Children

Winning Ways To Talk With Young Children is an informative web page from the University of Maine’s extension office.  This is neat — a real “how to” with dialogue and a few clear charts.  Parent child communication is broken down so you can examine the parts the make a difference, parts you can easily change if you think it’s necessary.  So even if you know communication is pretty rough sometimes with your kids, you may only need to make a few adjustments to make things better.  Worth reading and taking a quick look in the mirror.

Thanks for checking in, and as always – pass on any suggestions you have and offer your opinions on what I present for each Around The Web.

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Family Mental Health Around The Web #11

Erika Krull, MS, LMHP

Erika Krull, MS, LMHP is a practicing licensed mental health counselor in Nebraska.

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Krull, E. (2019). Family Mental Health Around The Web #11. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 13, 2020, from


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