Our daughter Kiersten is 9, and along with the standard drama, trials and tribulations that accompany a pre-tween, our little lady faces the added daily stress of living with and worrying about siblings with serious issues.
Concussions are an alarmingly commonplace injury, particularly among kids. According to a recent study in Pediatrics, nearly two million kids suffer concussions each year, and one-third of those happen to kids younger than 12.
Parents need to be prepared to answer questions that come up from seeing potentially violent images without minimizing or discounting kids’ concerns or fears, which may include, “Could that happen to you? To me?”
When my son was bullied, I reacted like most dads and walked over to the bully and asked him if it made him feel like a big man antagonizing a fifth-grader. I then explained to him what antagonizing means.