Parents struggle discussing recent increased violence with kids

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Marc Rene and his wife, Mia, have been having some tough conversations with their two children lately. They say it’s difficult trying to explain some of the issues our country is dealing with to a 9-year-old and a 6-year-old.

Their kids have seen the news; the police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota, as well as the five officers who were gunned down in Texas Thursday night.

“It’s a tough time in our household, mommy having to explain that to our son,” Ma. Rene said. “Having nightmares; it’s just not fair to us as a family.”

Rene moved to America to get away from violence.

“Having a young African American that I’m raising in my household and I’m not African American, I’m Haitian, and for him to be subject in this country is a disgrace,” he added. “It’s not what I expected when I came to this country.”

Yes, there are too many black males being shot by police. We need to figure that out, but the response is not to go out and shoot a bunch of policemen.”

Social Worker and psychotherapist, Helen Landry, says it’s important for parents to talk to their children and to limit television and social media.

“It absolutely not healthy to watch it non-stop,” Landry explained. “It’s a constant barrage on the senses; it’s not good for anyone to watch it non-stop; not children, not adults.”

Landry says use the current events to learn.

“We tell our kids, ‘this is not everyone, it’s not happening everywhere; yes, there are real racial issues and yes we want you to understand that.’”

 

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