Have you spoken with your kids about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan? We’ve touched on it with our seven-year-old, trying to provide some insight into the world beyond our borders—but also wondering whether too much detail will just scare him. So far, I think we’ve managed a balance, though we’ve avoided talking about nuclear meltdowns. (As a child of the Cold War, nuclear disasters were on my own childhood list of nightmare-inducing fears.)
Clearly I’m not the only one thinking about this. School Library Journal has compiled a list of eight picture books: several about Japan and Japanese culture, one about earthquakes, and one about a tsunami in Japan. They also have a list of eight tips for talking with young children about disasters.
Have you spoken with your children about the earthquake or other disasters? What’s been helpful for them and you?